Hauwa Part 2

Chapter Five

Gloria stood there, stunned and mystified at the scene before her. She had heard Hauwa’s voice in the hallway leading into the room, but seeing her standing there in her towel and pointing a broken glass at Edward was beyond comprehension.

Hauwa became dog-smacked seeing aunty Gloria looking bewildered at the scene. She saw the look from the broken glass back to her, and saw the horrific look on her face.

Edward smiled profoundly. “Now, you were saying,”

His voice jolted her.

“Why don’t you do what you had in mind?” He jeered at her.

“Gloria!” he called out rudely, “Kindly tell this slave and slut who I am in this house.” Edward said in utter contempt.

Hauwa could see the irritating look on Aunty Gloria’s face; she was definitely repulsed by his attitude.

When he saw she was quiet, he looked sharply back at Hauwa, “In this house, I am the boss; I can ask you to do anything,” he looked hard at her. “You can do nothing to me.” He said arrogantly.

Gloria became more irritated than before; she hissed and walked out of the room.

Hauwa smiled at herself, she had watched him go on and on about himself and feeling so pompous. She wanted to burst into laughter seeing the shock on his face when Aunty Gloria left the room without uttering a word. She smiled once again to herself, and changed back to the angry look she had before Aunty Gloria interrupted. It was her turn to jeer at him.

She walked towards him. “Now listen and listen well; I don’t care who you are, and what you have. I actually don’t give a damn about you.”

Edward swallowed hard.

“You can do all you want in this house for all I care but the next time I catch you peeping at me in the bathroom or anywhere else for that matter, I will so make sure you don’t see again with those eyes of yours.” She stared into his eyes. “Now, Mr. Edward, could you kindly leave my room

 

Edward looked at her in utter confusion; he was dazed at her confidence. At first, his impression of her was that of an illiterate, but the girl standing in front of him was different. She had something in her, something that commanded respect. He took his face away, gathered his things quickly, and walked hastily out of the room.

Hauwa inhaled deeply in triumph, closed the door and went back into the bathroom.

 

Chapter Six

It’s been few months now, Hauwa had been studying hard for her entrance exams and thanks to Aunty Gloria; she’s been helping her achieve her dreams.

She was glad madam was always on one trip or another since she started her plans for Edward to travel abroad to further his education. Hauwa always cuss under her breath each time she madam talks to some agents about her son’s travelling. She felt she was only wasting money on him since he does nothing but watch despicable videos and plays video games all day.

During these trips out of the house, Hauwa would sneak up to Mr. William’s room and watch him while he sleeps. Since Aunty Gloria told her about his accident, she felt so sorry for him and wished good things for him.

On this particular day, everyone was out of the house including Aunty Gloria who had gone to the market. Hauwa went into Mr. William’s room; she found him lying helplessly on his bed, staring away into the thin air.

“Hello,” she greeted him while Mr. Williams only stared at her. Hauwa moved closer to him.

“I’m sorry to bother you sir, but I was just alone in the house and thought you might need some company.” She smiled at him but his face was still blank of any expression.

“I’m not sure if we have been introduced but my name is Hauwa, she smiled at him. “I am working here as a maid.” She paused for a second wondering if he understood what she was saying. “Let me share a secret with you,” she whispered. “I know I’m only a maid but I’m planning to go to the University, I want to study to be a physiotherapist.” Her face lilted up in joy as she shared her dream with him.

“love to work with people; you see, I have seen so many lives wasted away in illness because of lack of care; I want to do something about it, I want to change lives, give them a new purpose, a hope to look forward to.” She went on and on about her aspiration.

“Now Mr. Williams, I think I should make a deal with you.” She straightened as she looked straight into his eyes. “I’m going to help you and you are going to help me. I will make sure you walk with your two legs someday,” she smiled profoundly at him. “I know I’m only a child but watch what I will do when I have all the knowledge I need, but you will have to do something for me too.”

She looked into his eyes. Part of her knew he could understand her, somewhere in his heart was still alive and he knew what she was saying. All of her life, she’d seen people treating disable or helpless people as if they aren’t there, she wanted to make him feel alive again, relate to him as if nothing was wrong with him. Her first plan is to lift up his spirit, make him come out of the depression that had settled upon him.

“So, what do you say, are you interested?”

“I’m sure Mr. Williams would like you to pass your entrance exams first before you talk of a deal.” Aunty Gloria walked up to them.

Hauwa froze as she saw her come in, but relaxed after seeing her smile. Aunty Gloria always has a way of sneaking on people.

“Now, off you go young lady and let Mr. Williams have his rest.” She said to her. Without hesitation, Hauwa took to her heels out of the room.

She really doesn’t understand the relationship between Mr. Williams and Aunty Gloria; her devotion and care for him is effortless. Despite Madam’s bad attitude to her, she never stopped helping Mr. Williams; she still respects him as if he was well; never for one day felt discouraged at her duties towards him. She wished she could learn from her; never to treat people as they deserve but with respect and dignity.

 

Chapter Seven

It was the day of the entrance examination. After studying so hard, Hauwa was satisfied she had answered all the questions completely so she went ahead to submit her papers. She realized she’s been gone for a long time and didn’t want madam to get back home before her. A few minutes to get home, her heart started to pound so fast, the anxiety of just taking an examination and the fear of being caught settled on her.

Entering the compound, she found madam’s car parked inside, there, she became more agitated than ever. She held the loaf of bread she had bought tightly to her chest; that was the plan just in case madam got home before her. They had planned that she had just stepped out to buy some bread.

She decided to go through the back door that led to the kitchen, but to her surprise madam was waiting in the kitchen and it looked like she was actually waiting for her.

The angry look on her face scared her to death.

“Where are you coming from?” She raised her voice at her.

Edward had walked into the kitchen with the smirk look on his face.

“Have you gone deaf? She slapped her in the back. “I have been in this house for almost thirty minutes; where were you? Is this how you go out on endless journeys when I’m not at home?” She hit her again. “You go around with those useless boys on the street, is that it, harlot?” She shouted at her.

Hauwa shivered in fear; madam hitting her made her more scared than ever. She went on her knees, trying to shield her face from the hands that were furiously attacking her.

“I will not have this kind of behaviour in my house.”

Gloria  had been pacing in the hallway since madam came into the house and asked after Hauwa. She lied to her that she just stepped out to buy some bread but madam knew she was lying so she waited patiently in the kitchen for her return. She couldn’t bear to hear the soft scream and begging from Hauwa, so she ran into the kitchen.

“Please madam,” Gloria stood between them, going on her knees. “Please madam, she will never do that again, please.” She begged while madam stood breathing heavily.

“It’s my fault ma, I shouldn’t have sent her out.” She had tears running down her own cheeks.

Madam looked angrily at both of them and scoffed. “I don’t know what you two have got going on but I will find out.” She looked widely at them, “and if any of this repeats itself,” she pointed at Hauwa, “you are out of this house.” She hissed and walked out of the kitchen with Edward smiling after her.

 

Hauwa wept bitterly on her knees. Madam has always slapped her once in a while but never had she received such a beating before in her life.

“Look at me.” Aunty Gloria took her into her arms. “Look at me.” She brought her weeping face up. “You are not going to give up on me Hauwa; you will not let this put you down, ok.” She looked into her eyes. Hauwa sobbed quietly as she listened to her. “These are tough times dear and it will pass; I promise you, it will pass.” She took her into her embrace and patted her back whilst she continued to cry on her shoulder.

Hauwa stayed in the kitchen until she was certain madam and Edward were off to bed. She was so sad but had comfort and peace in the words of Aunty Gloria. She was determined to fight on and never allow anything or anyone to stop her from achieving her dreams. She wanted to be able to throw it all at their face, especially Edward that she did made it. She wasn’t about to give up.

 

Chapter Eight

 

It’s been few months since she took the examination; Hauwa would always go outside to check if they had any letter; she had instructed the security man to let her know if any mail comes in for her, in fact, she specifically wrote her full name on a paper for him to compare with any letter that comes in and keep it for her. During this time, Edward had travelled to the United State of America to continue his studies and Madam had gone with him for a few months to help him settle in. This time away gave Hauwa enough time to brush up on her studies; fortunately for her, Edward left his laptop at home so she practiced on it day and night, and taught herself everything that will help her achieve her dreams.

She was in the living room one day when she heard the door bell, she went quickly to answer it and found the security man standing there with a brown envelop in his hands. She knew instantly what it was, without any word; she took it from him and went back inside to find Aunty Gloria.

“It’s here!” She gave the sealed envelope to her. Aunty Gloria knew what it was since she’d been so anxious for several days about the result.

“You should open it.” Aunty Gloria passed it back to her, but she folded her hands in hesitation. “Take it Hauwa.” She said.

“No please, open it, my hands are already trembling.” She whimpered in fear.

“Alright then,” Aunty Gloria inhaled deeply. She was trying not to show any sign of fear, but her heart was pounding so fast. She brought out the paper and read it for few seconds.

“What does it say?” Hauwa was trying read the expression on her face.

“I think you should read it yourself.” Aunty Gloria passed it to her.

She took it whilst her face was still fixed on Aunty Gloria.

“You made it girl!” Aunty Gloria broke into a big smile.

“What!” Hauwa gasped. She read the score and immediately screamed out in joy. “I made it!” She threw herself on Aunty Gloria. “I made it! I made it!! I made it!!!” She continued to scream. “Thank you Aunty, thank you, thank you.” She hugged her and then, ran out of the room down to the basement.

“I made it Mr. Williams.” She shouted in joy. “I made the score, I made it.” She put the paper forward to his face. She noticed a smile on his face but she wasn’t so sure. “I am so happy Mr. Williams, I am so very happy. I am on my way to the University and of course, on my way to helping you get better.” She smiled at him. “I made it!”

 

Chapter Nine

The excitement and joy lasted for only a week and then, the thought of actually going to school while Madam is in the house, without her finding out became the problem. Another issue was the funding, she had no idea where the money would come from; her monthly salary was out of the question since madam paid mallam Abu who gives it to her parents. Aunty Gloria kept assuring her that all will be well and that God will provide all of their needs. Another thing Hauwa is yet to understand is the issue of ‘God’ in their lives; Aunty Gloria had tried to explain about the existence of God but she never considered it. Although, she had been a Muslim from birth but even as that, she wasn’t a practicing muslim but the thought of another God was something she wasn’t about to consider.

A few weeks later, another letter came in for Hauwa, she wasn’t sure what to make of it since she had already received her scores but was astonished when she read the content of the letter. It was a full scholarship to study Physiotherapy at a prestigious University in Lagos. She was shocked for several minutes when she read the letter. Although, she knew her score was very high but she had not expected to receive any scholarship, in fact, she had no idea such was given. Aunty Gloria was so overjoyed and excited when she read the letter; she knew it was God’s answers to her prayer believe if Hauwa believes it or not. Things were looking brighter now; with this new information, Hauwa was determined that nothing would stop her from achieving her dreams, not even madam.

 

Chapter Ten

Days were turning into weeks and weeks turning into months and months were almost a year. Hauwa had started University; Madam’s travelling’s to the United States made it easier for her and when she was home, Hauwa would either wait for her to leave for the day or not go to class for that day and that meant she would have to study extra hard to meet up. Things were looking good for her.

Towards the end of the first year, she realized she would have nothing much to do during the holidays so she made a plan. She searched every local hospital in the town, anyone who is willing to offer her some form of internship job, in fact, she had told them she wasn’t interested in the pay if they are not willing to pay her but she would like some experience to help with her studies. Being an intelligent student in school, her lecturers were more than willing to support her application with some recommendation and her progress in school spoke of itself. Finally, after weeks of searching and applying, the Lagos state teaching hospital was willing to give her a three months trial. She would come in three days in a week to work in the Physiotherapy department.

Hauwa wanted to be the best in all she does so she continued to work very hard. Everything she learnt back in school and in the hospital, she would come home and relate it back to Mr. Williams. Gradually, she was gaining his attention, she found him more responsive to her and one particular day, she heard him call her name. Hauwa was taken aback when she heard her name, she wasn’t sure she heard right but when he stammered again, trying to pronounce her name, she knew definitely, he was talking to her.

Hauwa watched carefully as the doctors worked with the stroke and accident patients in the hospital. Then, she would come back home and with the help of Aunty Gloria, they would put Mr. Williams on his wheelchair and massage his legs. After weeks of trying this, Hauwa was becoming weary when she couldn’t see any result, so one day; she spoke to one of the doctors who had taken her under his wings. She asked him if he could attend to someone on her behalf, just to do some general check-up and x-ray to determine the extent of his injury. Doctor Emmanuel was more than willing to perform this check and luckily, madam was on her usual trip so they hired a bus where they took Mr. Williams on his wheel chair down to the hospital.

Doctor Emmanuel diagnoses- he is definitely suffering from stroke- an illness in which part of the brain is suddenly severely damaged or destroyed. This results in loss of function of the affected part of the brain. It usually causes weakness, paralysis of the arm and leg on either the left or right side of the body, twisting of the face, and in some cases other effects which may include loss of balance, and difficulty in swallowing. He stated that if he had been taken good care of after the incident, he would have gotten better, so he advised he be admitted to some rehabilitation programs so that proper activities such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy can be administered to him. Hauwa knew this was not possible but she is willing to do everything possible to get him better, which was her deal with him.

Hauwa took him back home and started her research on helping him; she decided to focus on learning more about occupational therapist, which would provide exercises and proactive to help him do things he could do before the accident such as eating, bathing, dressing, writing and walking. Also to help in speech language skills.

She devoted her time and attention to this, the more she read and learnt at the hospital, and the more she was determined to help Mr. Williams. Something should have been done a long time ago but Madam just left him to die; a heartless and wicked woman. Maybe because she knew her husband is an only child and his parents have passed away which meant no one would be coming to check on him. She just wanted him useless. Hauwa couldn’t understand why she would just leave him all alone without proper help. She knew there was more to this but her main concern now is to get Mr. William better.

Chapter Eleven

A year later; there has been a tremendous change with Mr. Williams’s health and well-being; he’d able to stand on his own with an aide of walking stick. His speech had improved and his confidence was returning. During this time, Hauwa laid strict guidelines for his daily exercise and Aunty Gloria helped and supported her when she wasn’t not home. The relationship between the three were distinct and unique especially with the fact that they had to keep all these away from madam at Mr. Williams’s request. He said he wasn’t ready for her to find out. Aunty Gloria and Hauwa respected his wishes and hid this from Madam when she was home; not that she’d really cared enough about him to notice any changes in her husband’s recovery. She goes into his room once in a while and sees him just lying on his bed; she would look around the room and find something to complain about to Aunty Gloria. The room was never cleaned enough; she would see crumbs on the floor or the bed is not properly washed.

Aunty Gloria had learnt to ignore any of her outburst, she knew she was somewhat frustrated about life and the only way she could survive is to moan and complain at everyone.

Chapter Twelve

Hauwa had been working very hard to be the best that she could. She would always throw extra hours at school and at the hospital to learn and work better. She was dedicated and determined to be the best she could. Things were working better at home; every success and improvement she saw in Mr. Williams was an indication of how far she’d come and she was determined to do better.

During this time, Hauwa was struggling with some personal issues. She felt she needed something better, more like a void in her that needed to be filled. She wasn’t so much interested in material things; all she did wanted in life was coming into place, but that was not enough. She knew something was needed to fill the void in her life, and she knew she wouldn’t rest until she found it. Sometimes she wakes up very happy and other times, she’d feel terribly sad for no reason; a kind of uneasiness settled on her and the search has been unending with nothing to come out of it.

One day she was working a Saturday shift at the hospital; she had received a message from one of the nurses that Doctor Emmanuel would like to see her.

She knocked on his door before opening the door.

“Oh Yes, Hauwa,” Doctor Emmanuel said to her, “Come sit.”

Hauwa smiled shyly and sat in front of him. Doctor Emmanuel had taken so much likeness to her dedication and commitment to her career. After working with them for almost one year with no pay but had remained steadfast and hardworking, the administrator in the hospital decided to give her some money every month for welfare and transportation. Over the months, she had become a valuable asset to the hospital and all the patients took likeness to her. She had her way of getting them on track and her encouragement was always near to anyone that needed it. She made them believed in themselves and lifted up their spirit when they are down or discouraged.

Hauwa stared back at Doctor Emmanuel, she felt something was wrong.

“Hauwa.” He called out.

Hauwa jolted at the sound of her name.

“I have something I have been willing to tell you dear,” The expression confirmed this was quite serious.

“Firstly, I will like to ask you a question.”

Hauwa nodded.

“Do you believe in God?”

At that question, Hauwa relaxed a little, she let out a sigh.

“Well, I think I do.” She answered, unsure of what to say.

“Hmmm, you think you do.”  he smiled. “My dear, it’s either you do or you don’t. You see, I have been watching you for quite sometime, you are intelligent, brilliant, lovable; You have everything you need to soar high in this world but you are missing something.” His face was fixed on her for a few seconds.

Hauwa felt uneasy about the conversation. She’d heard stories and talks about God but never considered thinking about it; after all, all that she is now had been her own doing. She’d made it this far without any God in her life.

“I don’t think I need God sir, I am definitely fine without any God in my life.”

“You are missing the point Hauwa. No matter the success you have in life, no matter how great, wealthy or comfortable you think you are and have no God in your life, you are nothing! He looked straight at her.

“Now dear, I’m not talking about any religion; I am talking about accepting Jesus Christ into your life, I am talking about the Saviour who died for you and me. There is a void in your life, you need God to fill that, you need his peace in your life. Listen girl, he has brought you this far; all that you have or you are, is not your own doing. Before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb, he knew you, he called you by name.

Hauwa straightened in her seat; every word he spoke was piercing through her. It’s like a knife cutting through every bone in her.

“There is more to life than what we see here; there’s eternity; that is where you and me will spend the remaining part of our lives when we die. Have you ever considered what will happen to you after this world? Do you know where you will go?” He searched her face for few seconds. “I’m sure you’ve heard of heaven and hell before, the question is where will go after this earth, heaven or hell?” He paused again to search her face for answers.

“Except a man is born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God; except you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, you will not see his Kingdom. You know, most times when I see you at work, you look so happy, there’s something about you that even makes everyone around you happy but I don’t see peace in you, I see someone struggling to live everyday, someone trying so hard to be accepted. But with Christ, you don’t have to struggle- there’s a peace that is beyond comprehension. A peace you cannot fathom, a joy in your heart that he gives freely to you. My dear, you have nothing to fear when you are in Christ, your future is secured with him. He will take the pain and hurt away from your life and give you so much joy you can never imagine.”

Hauwa tried hard to stop the tears bunching in her eyes. She looked away from him for a moment.

“Grace  is unprompted by man and undeserved by man.” Doctor Emmanuel said. “All that you have and all that you are and all that you are going to be, God had given it freely for you. It is called, Grace.”

Just then, Hauwa busted into tears, every word he spoke pierced more into her. She needed God in her life; all her life, she had thought everything she did or have had been as a result of her handwork and intelligence but no, it was all the Master’s plan. God had been watching over her even when she didn’t know him; he loved and cared for her. Although, she had her own share of tough times in life but God had helped her through every one of them, standing here today is as a result of his love for her. She continued to cry as she felt an opening all over her, like she was seeing things as she ought to have seen them; the void in her life needed to be filled with God, she needed to know this God who had been so gracious to her. She’d been abused but here she is today, she’d been looked down upon and here she is today, she’d been beaten and told she wouldn’t amount to anything but here she is today; she’d been broken but he mended her back together. He had watched over all her these years, and here she is today.

Doctor Emmanuel told her more about Christ and led her to him. He prayed with her and asked her to speak to God as she would talk to a friend. Hauwa knew she has so much to learn and she was definitely going to learn more about God. After the prayer, she felt a peace within her, she knew something was different; a kind of feeling you know it’s there within you but can’t explain with words, she knew God is present in her life.

Chapter Thirteen

David Williams watched quietly as Gloria helped him with his activities; Hauwa has given instructions on the exercise to be done daily. She was so strict to these guidelines that sometimes she would forget Mr. Williams was her boss. Since she was out today, Gloria was  in the basement.

“I think we’ve done enough for today.” David stressed out the words as he gently made his way back to his bed with the aid of his walking stick. His speech has greatly improved these past few months, although he sometimes stammered.

“Oh no, we still have a few minutes to go.” Gloria warned.

“I am… tired.”

“You know how Hauwa gets when you don’t finish you laps.” She dropped the laundry she was folding and walked to him.

David smiled at her. “Hauwa…is not here.” He smiled. He knew he could get away with anything when it comes to Gloria.

“Help me please,” he said as he carefully lifted his legs onto the bed which Gloria gave him a hand to.

She placed his legs properly in bed and tucked him in. David looked at her; he tried to hide the uneasiness as his heart raced. He had been thinking a lot about Gloria for months now and he knew the feeling wasn’t going anyway. He was gradually falling in love with her, a love that filled his heart, a love he could not question but his fear was if she felt the same way.

Gloria felt tingling feelings within her, coupled with the way he looked at her. The power of a simple touch is amazing; goosebumps rising, nerves tingling and the heart racing. She wanted to stay like that forever, but something in her held her back.

A few seconds later that seems like eternity, she turned to walk back to her laundry when he held her hands.

“Gloria.” His voice was soothing and that drove right into her. She turned to look at him, but David became tongue-tied.

The eyes staring back at him made it impossible to utter any word. He swallowed hard. He stared into her eyes as she did for several seconds; he wanted to pull her into his embrace and thank her over and over again for all she did for him. He wanted something greater; the feeling in his heart was becoming difficult to tame.

“Thank you.” He stammered.

Gloria blushed and nodded.

“Really…. thank you for everything.”  their two eyes locked together. “You have done so much for me Gloria,” his hands were trembling, Gloria  covered his trembling hands with her other hand.

“God!” he flushed, and felt his heart pounding to the base of his pores. “I wish I can tell you every..thing in my heart; you have done so much for me….”

“You don’t have to thank me sir, you were there for me when I needed you, you are a good man, and you deserve every good thing in life.”

“You are the good thing for me.” He whispered. “I love you Gloria.” He looked straight into her eyes.

Gloria was taken aback at his words; she stared into his eyes, unable to utter any word.

“I am in love with you.” He uttered.

Just then, the door opened.

*****

To be continued.

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Grace

It’s all about Grace…..

Grace is the full and free forgiveness of every sin, without God demanding or expecting anything from the one so forgiven. Grace is entirely the work of God, unprompted by man and undeserved by man.

Ephesians 2; ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gifts of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast.’

Enjoy the rest of the day folks.

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It’s all Lies….

Today, I will like to encourage someone out there. Are you surrounded by lying tongues? Those who speak deceit against you? They throw accusations and try to bring you down with their words. Maybe it’s a co-worker, friends or even families. All they do is lie and speak words of hatred against you. Their tongues have become weapons against you and try to destroy all that you have worked for.

“Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave. Everyone lie to his neighbour; their flattering lips speak with deception. Hear this, May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips-who is our master.” Psalms 12:3.

The tongue is a very powerful weapon used by the enemy to destroy the righteous. They challenge with their words and boast of getting away with it. They speak negatively against you, destroy lives; manipulate and tear families apart with lies and deceit. Enough is enough! Many homes have been destroyed with this weapon; marriages torn apart with lies and deceit.

Are you a victim of this; suffering because of the words of the wicked? You’ve tried to plead your case but no justice has been given to you. Your bed is soaked each night with tears of sadness because of the agony in your heart.

This is what the Lord says, ‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise, says the Lord. I will protect them from those who malign them. Psalms 12:5.

The Lord will arise on your behalf and fight your battle; He will speak fire against those who oppress you with their tongues; he will make all their plans void and destroy them with their own weapons. The pit they dug for you shall be their downfall; shame and reproach shall be their portion.

Folks, the word of the Lord is powerful and strong; listen, every negative word the enemy has spoken against your life, home, marriage, family shall be broken in Jesus name. It is written that, ‘there is no enchantment against Jacob and no divination against Israel. No enchantment of the enemy will stand in your life. Those that seek to oppress you with their words and lies will be put to shame in the name of Jesus.

Remember that the Lord will arise on your behalf and fight for you. He will give you justice and honour for every shame and reproach you have suffered. He will bring fruits from any part of your life that has been labelled barren. His truth shall pierce through every lies and deceit; God’s truth shall set you free and give you victory over your enemies.

Have a great weekend. God bless you real good.

 

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Let Me Go

Many of us have read the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt; from where God called Moses, the burning bush, the plagues and finally, crossing the red sea.

Like the Israelites, some of us have felt this way in our own lives; we feel oppressed by some kind of situation or people that have laid a heavy yoke upon us and make it difficult to get away from. You have tried all sorts of method to get free, but still find the shackles and stagnation in your life. Maybe it’s a job you feel like a slave in, maybe it’s a situation that has tied you down or some spiritual oppression that seek to destroy every part of your life.

Now, I want to do an un-usual writing today- God would be speaking directly to some of you today as you read this. I would like to take you through some truth and revelation with this story. You have cried several times for a change; you have done all you can to get free but all to no avail. Some have done all kinds of fasting and deliverance but still, nothing seem to change. I have good news for you this morning.

This is what the Lord is saying to you today, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. Exodus 3:7.

So you think the Lord has not been listening to you, or not seen all you have been going through? You think He’s forgotten you and left you to your misery? He hasn’t folks. He not only heard your weeping, he’s also seen the misery and the pain in your heart. Now, listen to what he said. ‘….I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land. Verse 8.

Did you hear that? He’s not coming down, He’s not thinking of coming down; He has COME DOWN TO RESCUE YOU! Am I the only one excited about this verse? Trust me, as I am typing the message, I feel like screaming and shouting for joy because the Lord is already here to rescue me. Do you believe that for yourself? He’s seen all your trouble, he’s heard all your weeping and prayers, all your misery are all right there before him. He knows them all, and He has come to rescue you. If I were you, I will start singing and dancing for joy for a minute now. Halleluiah!

Look to your left and right, who’s there with you right now? I mean now that you are reading this? Alright, I am not talking about the person sitting right beside you; I’m talking about God, and He is right by your side. He has come down to save you, He’s come to deliver and take you to the land he has promised you. He has come to set you free from every bondage, oppression and domination. He has come to give you victory. The Snare has been broken folks. Common rejoice right where you are. The Lord is there with you with a victorious hand to save you.

Ok, let’s move along. When Moses asked God who he should say sent him in verse 13. God replied, ‘I am who I am’. Now, listen, the I AM WHO I AM is speaking to you today; this name expresses God’s character as the dependable and faithful God who desires the full trust of His people. Guys, you’ve got to trust God on this one. You have got to trust him to save and deliver you. Yes, this battle might have been going on for so long and you have tried all you can, but I tell you, if only you trust and believe God this time around, He’s here to set you free.

 

You feel bound; you’ve been going in circles for so long that you have even forgotten the promises of God in your life; you have learnt to endure the suffering and turmoil of the wicked one. Your life has become a shamble, and no hope of moving forward. You’ve taken all the examinations required of you but yet, no promotion in your life. You find yourself failing each time you take the courage to try again. Does this sound familiar?

 

I really want you to listen to this. I know God is talking to someone right now. He is revealing some truth to you now. He’s speaking light and freedom into your soul and he’s showing you what to do. Now, let’s continue. God later said to Moses in verse 19, ‘But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. Can you imagine the kind of situation we are dealing with here? God has come down to save them, yet, there is a king that stands tall and thinks he’s lord over them. He thinks he has got dominion and authority over them and would not let them go. Do you feel like this? Is there someone standing as a strongman saying you won’t get free from this situation, from this sickness, from this failure of life. Someone who is determined to stay on your case. They have taken it a duty upon themselves to see you don’t move forward in that stage of your life. They are ready to thwart everything you do? Whether they are physical, spiritual, in form of a sickness or finances, you know it. They are determined to work against you. But listen, God said there is a Mighty hand that will compel him. Halleluyah; are you still there?

 

This is what the Lord is saying to you now, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with a mighty act of judgement. Exodus 6:6.

 

No matter how tough your enemies think they are, the Lord is bringing you out of it, the Lord is setting you free right now. I will advise you to begin to charge up your faith right now. Remember, the word of God is active and alive. Hebrews 4:12. The same Word He spoke to the Israelites many years ago, He is saying to you right now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever more. His word that did wonders and set His children free years ago can do the same for you now. I don’t know what you are going through but I know the Lord is talking to you right now, Yes, you.

 

You need to believe His word today, you need to know that he’s setting you free; no matter how high or tall your enemies are the Lord will bring them down. The boss or colleague that has threatened or talked down at you, the one that said, you are going nowhere. The sickness that has held you down for so long, the spiritual bondage that has held you captive for so long, the Lord is setting you free now. For some of you, the Lord is giving you a brand new job, some are the highest promotion you never even thought of, some are restored health, and some are freedom from captivity. Let Me Go!

 

You need to decree and speak to that situation right now, I mean, now. Say it loud again, let me go! Whatever it is, call its name out loud. Let Me Go! Every bondage, every obstruction, every captivity, every slavery, every failure, every sickness, let me go now in Jesus name.

Now quickly, let me point your attention to something. I hope you are still there folks? I know this particular article is longer than usual, but trust me, you want to read this.

 

Alright back to our topic; Listen to what the Lord said in Exodus 3:21-22. ‘And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbour and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And you will plunder the Egyptians.

 

Can you believe that? They are not leaving empty handed. When I read this verse, at first I was like, ‘Ah, if the Lord is saving me, I would just take to my heels and run as fast as I can away from these people. But the Lord is making them leave with wealth, riches, and plunder from the Egyptians. I hope you are speaking riches into your life right now?

 

You are not just leaving there empty handed, you are leaving with valuables. The Lord himself would cause even those that want to stand against you to favour you towards your glory. In that job, you aren’t just leaving empty handed to a greater place and appointment, you are going out as a celebrant; not as a slave, you are going out with glory, you are going out with celebration, you are going out rejoicing. in that sickness, you are going out with a renewed strength. In that bondage, you are going with all your possessions, those things the enemy has taken away from you, you are getting them back. Your valuables are leaving with you, whatever represents gold and silver are leaving with you; clothing are leaving with you. You are not going out in shame; you are not going out in dishonour. Your children are leaving the land of slavery with you, your sons and daughters will be dressed in glory. Now for those who are waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb, guess what? You are going out rejoicing because the Lord has blessed your womb. Are you excited about what the Lord is saying to you? Only Our Lord can do all these, only He can give you victory.

Let me point out something quickly. I noticed something wonderful in these chapters. In Exodus 3:15. God told Moses to tell the Israelites that ‘The Lord has sent him. Then, in the following verses and chapters, I noticed God emphasising to them as ‘The Lord. It got me thinking why God was using this particular name a lot to the Israelites. He said it in verse 15, verse 18, in many others verses. Then He took me to Exodus 6:2. Please you need to bear with me and follow the verses. He said there that, ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as GOD ALMIGHTY, but by my name THE LORD. I did not make myself known to them. Then in verse 6, ‘Therefore say to the Israelites I am THE LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

 

This is where I’m going; I had to take a few minutes to ask the Lord. Why did He reveal himself to Abraham as God Almighty but to Moses and the Israelites as The Lord? There must be something God was trying to tell them. Now, this is what the Lord revealed to me. Pharaoh portrayed himself as the lord over the Israelites, yes, he was the king but his yoke and authority over them was ‘I own you. I am head over you; you are my slaves and are not going anyway. I have ownership and authority over your life. I am the lord over your life. Do you understand where I’m going? The situation you are going through seems to have placed you under; more like subjected you to pain and misery, turned themselves as lord over you, the sickness has taken authority over your body, the captivity you are in now has taken dominion over you; The strongman or the boss thinks they are lord over your life.

Now, see what God is saying to them. I AM THE LORD. I am the complete and absolute owner of that life, I have the final say. I am authority; not you. Those people belong to me, I am their master, I am their Lord, I am their leader, I am their deliverer, and I am their God. The Lord is bringing them down from their throne. He has come to take authority and ownership of your life. You need to say to them now, ‘Come down and sit in the dust, ye virgin daughters of Babylon. Sit on the ground without a throne. Isaiah 47:1.

 

He is the Lord and that situation cannot contend with Him, He has come down as the Lord to rescue you today; He has come to deliver and to save you. Do you believe that? If you do, I want you to stand up and begin to decree his promises into your life, begin to walk out in freedom, the Lord has come down to rescue you, He has come to save and loose you from the bondage of darkness. He has come to take you to the promise land with milk and honey. He has come to take over. Common speak out now. Let Me Go!

 

The Lord still has great things to reveal to you so stay tuned for the next part of this message. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this.

 

Thank you for reading and God bless.

*Bible readings were taken from NIV.

 

© Circlesoflove 2013

 

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I Forgive You

Sincere forgiveness isn’t coloured with expectations that the other person apologize or change. One shouldn’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time . I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

The wrong has been done, the way forward is to keep looking forward; forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Forgiveness does not mean that we suppress anger; forgiveness means that we have asked for a miracle: the ability to see through mistakes that someone has made to the truth that lies in all of our hearts. Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

The love of God is able to conquer everything that life throws at us; we need the willingness and courage to give it our best. Your love for each other isn’t enough to hold through storming seas but the love of God can break through every pain, disappointment, and betrayal. As he sat in his car, he felt at peace, the kind of peace you cannot comprehend, the peace that only God could give. He realized that to forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

Forgiveness is not a cruel demand that a sadistic God imposes on the hurting. It is the painful but healing door to freedom. It is surgery on the heart that extracts the poison of bitterness so we can move forward into a healthy life.

Forgiveness is a choice we make intentionally, not because we just want to put the memory behind us, because we’ve been told we must, or because we think it will cause God to give us what we want. We choose to forgive because we recognized the tremendous mercy and power in God’s forgiveness of us. If God is able to forgive us our enormous cache of sin, our forgiveness of one who has hurt us is small in comparison. (Marriage Mission)

 

Excrept from the ‘Confession of a Married Woman’

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Let It Be

Written by Tonye Adenusi.

This story was featured in the last edition of the Circles of Love Magazine. Beautiful written and captivating. I hope you will be blessed and inspired as I was by this beautiful writer. Please leave your comments below. Enjoy!

 

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Joseph whistled as he went entered the workshop he shared with his father, thinking to himself what a fine day it was. The temperature was unseasonably mild and there was an unmistakable scent of spices and the bustle of preparations for Sabbath. Today would be a good day – he could just feel it!

Sitting down at his Carpenter’s bench, he carefully examined the selection of tools that were neatly laid out in front of him, deciding on what he needed to bring the piece of wood he now held in his hands to life. He didn’t hear his father, Jacob, enter the small room until he cleared his throat for the third time.

“Someone is happy about something”, Jacob smiled indulgently at his son as he teased gently. Joseph tried to hide a grin as he said “I don’t know what you mean, Abba. Can’t a man just whistle for the sake of it?” “Whistling while you work is supposed to make your work go faster”.

Jacob laughed, his white curly hair gently bouncing. “Sure it does… I don’t suppose this sudden burst of good humour has anything to do with a certain young damsel returning to Nazareth today? Hmm?”

This time Joseph couldn’t hide his grin. Putting down the chisel in his hand, he said “Really Abba, I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! I had only just begun to discover her, and then all of a sudden, she was going away to visit her cousin. I didn’t think I would miss her so much, but she’s all I can think of each day. Her smile, her gentle ways, her teasing, her quick wit…” his voice trailed off as Joseph realised how much he had said to his father and flushed with embarrassment.

Jacob’s eyes twinkled, “Well, maybe you should put down those tools before you hurt yourself, son. A carpenter needs his wits about him when he’s working, and your wits have clearly deserted you today”, he said, nodding at the lump of wood in Joseph’s hands, which was looking rather like a heart. “I’m pretty sure Adir had a sturdier piece of furniture when he ordered his stool.”

Joseph looked down at the piece of wood in his hands “You’re right”, he said, abandoning all pretence of work, “I think I’ll take a walk to the market place”.

Grabbing a handful of grapes from a wooden bowl on the table by the door as he left, he made his way towards the centre of the town. His mother always left some grapes or dates in the bowl by the door. That was her favourite bowl, she always said, because it was made by her only son. Joseph used to tease her by saying “but you only have one son”, but it was a bit of a sore point for Rebekah that Adonai had not seen it fit to bless her with another male child. Rebekah said she could never question the Most High, but Joseph knew that it sometimes made her sad.

As he walked through the busy streets, Joseph realised he was doing a bit more than looking forward to seeing his betrothed. He found himself day-dreaming about their future together. Even though they had been betrothed for nearly ten months now, he had never really thought about the day they would start to live together as man and wife. He hoped that Adonai would bless them with many strong sons to fill his house and make Rebekah happy in her old age. He was a devout Jew, and he had followed the teachings of the Torah all his life. His father was a well-respected member of the community – a righteous man, and he had taught Joseph the ways of Ha’Shem from his childhood. Joseph believed that if he worshipped Ha’Shem faithfully, and went to temple sacrifice daily, Adonai would bless him and his family.

“Shalom, Joseph!” Ari, his best friend from boyhood gave his back a friendly, if boisterous slap, breaking his reprieve. “Today is the day, my friend. Your betrothed is coming home, and before you know it, the period of ‘Kiddushin’ will be over and you can get fat on Mary’s cooking”, he joked. Whispering conspiratorially, he continued, “You know, my sister Rachel says that Mary is a fantastic cook and she has been working hard to prepare for life as your wife”. Joseph smiled, but Ariel could see he was lost in thought. The men walked through the town and sat together in companionable silence at Ari’s market stall. Ari was a fabric trader, and from his stall, they could see all the comings and goings in Nazareth.

The sound of every arriving caravan or cart caused Joseph’s heart to race, until at last there was the face that he had been waiting for all these months. His throat was dry, and he swallowed several times while trying to dry his now damp hands on his cloak. “She’s here”, he whispered. He did not smile as his feet carried him towards Mary; before he knew it, he had broken into a jog. Not caring who was watching, he ran to the cart that was offloading its passengers and goods, his face now split in a smile that seemed to light him up from the inside.

 

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Mary saw her betrothed running to her, and listened to the tutt-tutting of the elders who travelled with her. “He really should try to control himself”, said the old mother beside her, without any malice. But Mary just laughed. She was so excited to see him, she didn’t care much about traditions today, although she did take a minute to make sure her veil was secure and her clothes were reasonably decent, in spite of all that travel dust. She put her hand over her stomach protectively, knowing that as soon as she told him of the child she carried, Joseph would put her away. He was a principled man. How would he believe her when she told him that this Gift was from Adonai – (His name be praised)? How would he believe that she had not been defiled and she was still his woman?

Joseph reached up to help Mary off the cart, impatient to have her by his side and hear her voice, see her smile. He thought she looked a little different, but then thought it was perhaps his eyes playing tricks on him. Much to the amusement of all who looked upon them, he took her in his arms in a gentle embrace as Mary got off the cart. It was usually frowned upon for them to have such contact in public, but he was done waiting and some of the onlookers hid a smile.

Mary closed her eyes as she leaned into their Joseph as she savoured the moment. She knew there would be no more moments of tenderness between them.

Joseph could not believe what his senses were telling him. Having waited almost five months for her to return, he couldn’t understand why there was a lump between him and his beloved. Startled, he jerked away from Mary and looked into her eyes, searching for an answer, a different and more plausible reason for her body to be so different. The tears and pleading look in her eyes chilled him to the bone. Everything stopped. Everything changed in those few seconds. As he looked at her, a thousand questions filled his mind… each one vying for position, clamouring to be answered. His chest grew tight as if a vice had taken hold and was squeezing the very life from him. He could not be sure it was a child, but he remembered the last (and first) time he had held her, had dreamt about it all these months, and he knew for certain.

In that moment Mary looked up at Joseph and knew that her betrothed was lost to her, no matter what her cousin Elizabeth said. Elizabeth had told her “As Adonai – blessed be His name forever – has seen it fit to bless you Mary, then He will protect you.”

Conscious of the onlookers, Joseph picked up Mary’s bundle, turned and slowly walked out of the market square.

Mary followed Joseph silently as he led the way to her father’s house. She wished he would say something – anything but the silence between them would be preferable. As she walked, she drank in the sight of Joseph’s brown, unruly curls and his muscular back, made strong by hours of building houses or crafting some beautiful piece of furniture. As she tried to imagine what he could be thinking, her mind travelled back to when it all began.

 

She had been in the upper court, trying to get cool. The weather was so hot! Having completed all her chores, mama had said she could rest awhile before starting the preparations for dinner.  She was learning how to be a good wife to Joseph and she really wanted to get it right. In the months since their “eyrusin” – their betrothal – she looked forward to being Joseph’s wife in more than name. She spent most of her spare time either learning to prepare tempting new dishes or sewing her wedding garments and other things she would take into her new home.

Sometimes though, she just spent her time daydreaming, which was what she was doing that day. Lying on her pallet, reminiscing about day Abba had told her that Jacob had asked for her hand in marriage. She could hardly breathe as she heard that the two men had discussed her possible marriage to Joseph. Her?! Marry Joseph?! He was very eligible, and handsome. Their fathers were good friends, as were Joseph and Isaac, Mary’s brother. As a little girl, she had worshipped them and often got into trouble with her mother for running off to play with the boys when she should have been doing her chores. “Leave her alone, Miriam”, Abba would say when mama scolded her “she is just a child”. “You spoil this child Eli”, mama would grumble, “You must let her be a girl”. “Yes, but there is so much time for her to do that Miriam”, Eli would retort, winking at his only daughter. He loved his daughter very much and was not ashamed to spoil her. “I hope she will have a husband who can deal with the madam you are creating, Eli”, Miriam would respond, good naturedly. Mary loved to hear her parents fight over her like this; she knew Abba would always take her side.

So when that evening Eli said Jacob wanted to unite their families in marriage, Mary was ecstatic. “What do you think biti?” Eli asked, watching his daughter closely, “Shall I say yes to Jacob when he returns for his answer?” He knew Joseph was a good man who would take good care of his precious daughter; he just hoped she would say yes. Mary crossed the room and sat in her Abba’s lap, the way she did when she was a little girl, she put her arms around his neck and said “Yes Abba. If this is the will of Ha’Shem, it will be my pleasure”.  Eli’s arms tightened around his only daughter for a second. His baby girl was growing up, but he knew she couldn’t stay a baby forever.

The preparations for the “eyrusin” or betrothal were a blur. Her mother and female relatives seemed to be constantly bustling about the place and her cousins teased her about the handsome groom with twinkling brown eyes.

One evening when Miriam escaped into the compound for some fresh air and some peace and quiet, she was surprised to see Mary already there, sitting quietly and looking pensive. Crossing the small space, Miriam sat with her only daughter, asking after a few minutes of silence, “What is the matter, bubbaleh?”, she had not used that term of endearment in a long while. Mary sighed, recognising its significance, “I don’t know if I am prepared for this Mama. What if I can never be as good a wife or mother as you have been to Abba and to Isaac and I?”. Miriam, always a woman of few words, took her daughter’s hand in hers, patting it. “Look at the stars, Mary. It is Adonai – praise His holy name – who keeps them suspended in the sky. It is He who gives us the power to be good wives and mothers. He will help you. Never forget that.” Then Miriam went on to explain that the months between the “eyrusin” and the actual wedding ceremony was a time of sanctification for both the bride and his groom. “The kiddushim means to be set apart, Mary. While Joseph uses the time to prepare a place fit for you to live in, I will teach you all that I can to prepare you for life as a godly wife and a member of Jacob’s household… Remember Mary, the One who watches Israel also watches over us. You will be fine.”

 

When the day finally arrived, Mary thought of all that Miriam had told her, and as the stood under the canopy where they expressed their intention of becoming betrothed before their friends and family, she whispered a prayer to Adonai “Please help me to do this right”.

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Lost as she was in her reminiscing, Mary jumped when she heard a man’s voice call to her “Greetings, Mary”. Startled, Mary looked up at the strange man before her. He was not a relative, and should not have been there, but somehow she sensed he meant her no harm.

Mary hurried to her feet as he spoke again. “You are favoured by the Lord! Yaweh is with you.” Introducing himself as Gabriel, the angel who stood before Yaweh, he said, “You have found favour with God. You will give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David and his kingdom will never end.” Mary was stunned. When she could finally speak, her voice only came out in a squeak, “But how can this be? I’m a virgin.” The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child inside you will be called the Son of God.” He carried on, “Elizabeth, your cousin, is six months pregnant with a son in her old age. People said she couldn’t have a child. But nothing is impossible for God.”

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Mary sighed heavily. She had told no one about the visitation. Not even when she began to notice the changes in her body, and now she wished she had. The question that had plagued her throughout her time visiting her cousin Elizabeth was who would believe her story? Joseph had her life in his hands right now. If he reported her to the elders, she could be stoned to death for committing adultery, or at the very least, disgraced. It was only a matter of time before everyone started to notice. “Oh Adonai, what am I to do?” She sighed again. “Even if Joseph accepts me as I am, he will most certainly be disgraced with me. People will think he dishonoured me during our kiddushim“. Her heart was breaking, but she was strangely at peace.

Joseph left Mary at the gate of her father’s compound, where her family was excited to see her. Mary took a deep breath, and walked in to her childhood home as Joseph slowly walked to the city gate. He needed to think about what this meant. He had not said one word to Mary. He simply couldn’t speak. He thought about what it all meant, but try as he might he couldn’t see his innocent, virtuous Mary having carnal knowledge of another. There had to be another explanation! He knew if he reported her to the elders, she would be disgraced and maybe stoned to death. He could not bear the thought! “Oh Adonai, what is to be done?” he asked as the sun went down.

Joseph walked slowly home. He knew his Abba would be waiting up for him, so he snuck in the back way, not wanting to answer any questions. As he drifted off to sleep, Joseph made up his mind. He would speak to the family in a few days and tell them that he had changed his mind. They would have to bear the consequences of whatever Mary had done. Finally exhausted from his weeping and walking and thinking, Joseph finally fell into a deep sleep.

 

THE END

 

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Written by Tonye Adenusi

 

EPILOGUE

We all know the story of the birth of Jesus, but I really just wanted to explore it from the human perspective. Mary and Joseph had to trust God to see them through a very difficult time, in the face of their traditions and beliefs, and at great personal cost. Because they were obedient, we have Jesus today.

 

Matthew 1:19-25 (The rest of the story)

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

 

 

 

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Peace Be Still

“I’ve had enough of all this!” Meg screamed out in frustration to her friend, Lizzy.

“I don’t know what else to do again. Things are not just working as they should” She was feeling gloomy.

“They all questioned my decisions, they don’t understand why I have taken these steps, even my parents have asked me to come out of it. I have tried to explain to them countless of times that I am only following the Lord’s instruction but they never understand.” She cried out.

“It’s okay Meg,” Lizzy tried to console her. “Everything would be fine.” She said.

“I feel like giving up and giving in to them. Even the road the Lord has asked me to take does not seem easy, I have come across storms, earthquake and all sort of things. Every road brings new challenges and He still asked me to take it, I clearly heard His instruction, why?” She asked frustrated.

Lizzy inhaled deeply.

“Why is it that even when you clearly hear the Lord’s instruction for your life, when he asks you to take certain decisions, it doesn’t come easy, you find so much accusation, disapproval, discouragement all through the way?” Meg asked.

 

Lizzy looked at her friend with the most loving face, and felt her pain and frustration. “Alright dear,” She said. “Sit, let me share something with you.” opening her bible.

“Remember in the Book of Mark 4 from verse 35. Jesus told His disciples to let them go to the other side of the river and he went to sit in one of the boat at the sea side amongst other boats.”

Meg nodded.

“Now, note first that Jesus gave the instruction for them to go over and he even chose the boat to travel in but after being on the boat, there was a great storm which scared all those aboard and imagine, Jesus was sleeping in the back, undisturbed by the wave or screaming of His disciples. Then, when he was awoken, He commanded the waves to be quiet and the sea to be still”. She looked straight at her friend.

 

“Yes, I know the story.” Meg said wondering where she was going with it.

 

“Why am i saying this?,” Lizzy asked. “Even though he took them on the sea, they still had to face a stormy sea. Sometimes when the Lord tells us to do something does not mean things would be so smooth, we still have to face challenges on the way, discouragement sometimes, disapproval and accusation even from those we love and respect their opinions in our life. This does not mean that the Lord is not with us on that journey even though it may seem as if He is sleeping but He is there, He knows our pain, our trial, our confrontation, he knows everything but the good news is that He is going to pull us through. He will never leave or forsake you. He didn’t take you to the sea to make you drown, no! Everything He does, he does for your own good.” She paused for a moment watching the expression on her friend’s face who was pondering on all those words.

 

“Sweetheart, He didn’t take you on this journey just to leave you to walk alone, he walks with you all through the way” Lizzy said. “Now, listen carefully, what I want you to do now is stand up and command every wave and stormy sea to be still”. She said in a commanding voice. “Speak the peace of God into your life and you will have your peace”. She said as she saw her face in joy.

 

My friends are you facing any challenge in your decision to follow the Lord’s instruction? The fact that there are troubles everywhere does not mean that God is not there with you; it doesn’t mean that he’s unconcerned about our challenges or troubles. He will not leave you or forsake you. God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountain fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought in the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted amongst the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Rejoice and be glad for He is here with you, He is holding your hand all through the way and His joy, peace and victory is certain in your life. Now, take time to speak His peace in to your life. Peace be Still!

 

Stay blessed.

 

© Circlesoflove 2015

 

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9-1-1 Calls

Most children from a very young age knows what number to call when they are in trouble.

Do you know what number to call in times of trouble? Like the official emergency number 911, We also have been given a 911 number to call in times of trouble.

Psalms 91:1 says, ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’

Have you got God’s 911 numbers to call?

Here we go:-

“The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.” – Psalm 121:7

“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.” – Psalm 91:7

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

” I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” psalm 16:8

“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” – Psalm 118:14-16

“I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.” – Psalm 120:1

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” – Psalm 28:7-8

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:29-31

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights” – Habakkuk 3:19

 

911 CALL

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, hat at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Philippians 2:9-10

What are your 911 numbers? Please share below in the comment box. God bless.

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I’m Getting Paid

Many of us always look forward to the pay check at the end of every working month. We can’t wait to get paid for the hard work we have put into a job. Now imagine after working for several weeks; the early mornings, the long tiring traffic to and from work. How about the days you know you definitely need to take some time off work, but still go because of so much work you have to do or simply because you wouldn’t get paid if you don’t. So now, imagine after all these, you don’t get paid at the end of the month, and then months after. That would be sad. Like a farmer that works on his field, working hard for several months in the sun and rain. Can you imagine how much distress he would be at the end of the season if his field was destroyed by locust, pests and all?

In our lives, we have worked hard to achieve our dreams and aspiration. We expect a good result; the joy, the blessing, the promotion, the success at the end of the day. However, most of us have been deprived from what is rightfully ours. Have you lost so much in life that you wonder if you can gain back?

Today, I speak the promise of God into your life, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25. Did you get that? It is time to get paid folks. The Lord will repay to you everything that the enemy has taken away from you. Everything that you have lost will be restored back to you in Jesus name.

Every of your hard labour will begin to yield good fruits. The bibles says, we shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water whose leaf will not wither. I pray that your fruit will be bountiful in Jesus name. I decree that this is the appointed time for your restoration. The Lord will repay you folks. The lord said ‘your threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil. “Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.  You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; Then My people will never be put to shame.’

The Lord will make up for the years you have cried, the years that you have been mocked and scorned. He will make up for the inheritance that was taken forcefully away from you. He will make up for the years you have sowed. He will make up for the years the locusts has eaten, the destroyer has taken away. He will give you double for all the years that you have lost. He will recompensed you, and you will never be put to shame. Would you like to get paid?
I am getting paid Folks. I am restored.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Kindly leave your comments to encourage other readers. God bless.

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Hear my Prayer

At many point in our lives, all we want is answers to our prayers. Days when our heart is racing so fast; we become anxious and afraid of not knowing what the results will be. We prayed, and prayed and still praying.

This morning, I leave you with the prayers of king David from Psalms 20.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

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Restoration

Have you been bitter; so many trouble on every side? You have prayed and done all you can do just for a change, but nothing seem to show up? Days when your heart tightened in dismay at the thought of the things around you?  You have so many questions as to why things are happening this way; you’ve questioned your faith and searched yourself for answers. You have often felt that God has forgotten you; maybe He isn’t interested in your life any longer. You don’t understand why your prayer hasn’t been answered.

You have searched high and low for a change in your life, maybe a job opportunity; you have the relevant qualification and even experience but nothing is coming forth. Interview after interviews, but still, nothing fruitful has come out of it. Is it a child of your own? You have waited so long to be a mother or a father; tears have gone up in prayers but still nothing.

Hear what the Lord is saying concerning you this morning. “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” – Psalm 71:20-21

God will restore your life; He will bring you out of every trouble and storms of life. Your bitterness will turn into joy, troubles will receive peace. God will bring you up from every depth, every trial, every difficult situation, every stormy sea. He will increase your honour and make you great.

There was a time I felt so sad; I had so many questions that needed answers. I needed a word from the Lord; you know when you are faced with things, where you just want to know the Lord is still here with you. This is what he said to me and a word for you today.

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.” Isaiah 41:17.

Do you feel this way? You are in need of something; you are searching for water (healing, restoration, financial breakthrough, job, fruit of the womb etc). You are exhausted on every side, your strength is failing, and your tongue is dry and dehydrated; you are gasping, and panting for air.  Now listen to what the Lord said.

“But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God if Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valley. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive….”

Did you get that? This verse opened up something new in me. The Lord said He will cause river flow in barren lands. Note that he did not say he will take you to a land flowing with rivers, but in that same barren land, He will make river flow in it. Now see Folks, that same place where you are, the place where it’s been called barren, the place where people have scorned you, and said nothing good can come out it. They have called you several names, said hurtful and damning words at you because of your situation. You have been looked down upon and tossed aside.

I have great news for you. The lord is bringing flowing rivers to you.  That same place where you have been disgraced, you will be celebrated. The place where you have been looked down on, you will be exalted. I hear the sound of flowing waters folks. In your life, in your marriage, in your business, in your family, I hear the sound of rushing waters into the dry land. Do you believe this? Are you ready for the explosion of God’s goodness and blessing in your life? I am.

You have been called barren; desolate and unfruitful? I hear the sound of children playing in your garden; the sound of treasures sitting around your table. I hear the sound of your own children calling you ‘mother, father’.  Listen carefully folks, the Lord has not forgotten you, you are not forsaken and you have not be rejected. He will make you fruitful. He said he will put in the desert cedar, myrtle and olive. He is making you great; right where you are, he is bringing promotion and wealth to you. He is bringing pines in the wasteland.

In every flowing river, there is always a source. Your source is the Lord; it is the Lord who is bringing a change in your life, it is the Lord causing rivers of flowing water into your life and let me tell you something. With the force of the water flowing into your life, it will destroy every barrier, every obstacle, and every stumbling block the enemy has placed in your life. It will wash away every stigma, every mark of disadvantage and failure away from you. You know the ‘But’ that has been placed in your life; so many negative words has been spoken, the curses, the failures and walls as barrier in your life. Our God is greater than any obstacle; He is greater than any diagnosis and report of men. He is the Almighty and nothing can stop his flow in your life. He does not need to gather head of states or the ceo’s or even your family together in a meeting before he can bless you. He needs no permission from any one and no one can stop his flow in your life.

You need to arise and start praising the Lord; I believe in His word; they never fail and in your life, his word will not fail. It will accomplish the purpose in which he sent it. His word will be fruitful in your life.

The Lord has done this so that people may see and know, they will consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Are you ready?

In whatever you are going through this day, hold fast on His word, believe in it and you will not be ashamed. Remember again his word, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” – Psalm 71:20-21

Have a blessed weekend and rejoice in his word to you today. God bless you.

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He is not here; He has risen!

 

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” – Matthew 28.

 

 

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Your story isn’t over yet?

 

Are you trusting God for something that is humanly impossible? It defiles all scientific explanation or medical reason. It is simply impossible by human nature; or  probably there are so many obstacles or hindrances that may stand in the way of that thing coming to pass.

 

Now see, faith is not brain work; its simply trusting God and believing that He will do what he said he would do. You do not need a medical explanation on how the result would come about. Yes, you can be faced with the fact that it is humanly impossible but again, that’s why faith isn’t fact. They are two different thing. Faith is from God, fact is human reasoning but tell me, who is greater? The bible says, ‘God is not man that he should lie or repent of His words; has He not said it, would He not bring it to pass?’

 

Remember the story of Abraham; faced with the humanly impossible situation of a dead womb and old age, yet faith brought him through. Listen to this verse please, ‘Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God has power to do what he had promised.’ Romans 4:19.

 

See Folks, it’s ok to recognised the challenges; you see them, you know the facts; in fact, you know the circumstances surrounding the ailment, the big names given to it by specialist, the difficulties stated by those in power, but still, do not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God. God is not man. Did you hear that? God is not Man and do not work according to our human reasoning and no power or fact or even gravity or science can stop him from fulfilling his promises in your life.

 

Whatever you are trusting Him for this morning, belief and trust in his Word. If he said it, He will bring it to pass. Stand firm on your faith and do not waver by the things around you. If your case is like Abraham, trusting God for a child, please hold on and don’t give up. If you are trusting for a job or breakthrough or anything that has proven difficult, God is able to do it. Speak His promises into your life. Have faith and trust in him.

 

You see, your story isn’t over, God will bring it to pass.

 

Have a blessed day.

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No longer a slave to sin

Are you aware that you can choose not to be a slave any longer to sin? So why do you live as such? A lot of us try to manage or control sin. Don’t be deceived by the enemy. Forget the notion that you have it under control. Sin is like a disease eating one’s soul gradually. You can never control such! You can’t control the urges, those habits and addiction, the sins that easily beset us.


See what the bible says, ‘In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ Now, listen closely to this, ‘Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.’ Romans 6: 11-15.

Did you hear that, do not let sin be your master, do not let sin control or ruin your life. The price has been paid. Jesus came just because of you; he died so you can live; he was crucified so you can reign with him in eternal life, not condemnation. God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. See, the mind of a sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

Some however feel they cannot overcome the sin in their lives; they believed their wrongs are beyond redemption so they choose to accept defeat. They punish themselves and sentence their lives to eternal damnation. They choose to believe the lies of the enemy – the lie that says your sins are numerous and God can never forgive you. You have gone too deep into sin and can never be free from them. Your sins are so great to be forgiven and what kind of God would even forgive such? Well, God is not man. Stop condemning yourself and accept the free gift of forgiveness, the gift of salvation. Why are you trying to pay a price for something that you cannot? Jesus paid the FULL price for you. You have to accept his mercy. It’s not saying you are having an easy way out, but you are been given a God’s way out. Take it!

Folks, we cannot manage or control sin. Accept Jesus into your life today, believe he can save you and confess your sins to him. Only He can save and deliver you. Take His way out. If you are ready to take this decision, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you today with an humble heart. Please forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe Jesus died for my sins and so, I accept Him as my Lord and personal Saviour. I ask for mercy and pray that your Spirit dwell in my heart. Thank you Lord for saving me, thank you for accepting me and thank you for the gift of life. In Jesus name I have prayed. Amen!

If you have said this prayer; Please, believe he has forgiven your sins. Spend more time in His presence and speak to your Father in heaven.

 

God bless.

 

 

 

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Go and Occupy

A young graduate secured a job in a multi-million dollars company; a well paid job with great opportunity. He was overwhelmed by this position as it was beyond his own imagination. He was ready to work hard and not lack in any of his duties. Within days of his employment, he realised that some of his colleagues were not too pleased with him; he had been given a position above them and some thought he wasn’t up to their own standard and didn’t have the qualification, experience or even background status fit for the position. Day after day, he became depressed by their attitude and couldn’t understand why they would not give him the chance or even get to know him better before judging him. All he wanted is to prove himself, but the scorn and discord from them became agonizing.

Does this sound similar?

You strive for a position, work hard to get to a place; you just want a chance in life, a chance to be your own person, a chance to be free. Looking at every side; it seems difficult to achieve. You get to a land or a country and all you want is a chance, a chance to make a living and achieve your dreams, a chance to put food on the table for your family, a chance to be somebody but everything seems so difficult and frustrating. You try to secure a job, despite your qualification, experience and hard work; still, no one wants to give you a chance. You know you can do that job better and succeed excellently in that department but no one will give it to you. You are in a position already and they are making life miserable for you, some would even tell you not to get too comfortable as your days are numbered in that position. So many discords can make a journey frustrating

Listen, I have a word for you today. ‘Take possession of the land and settle in it for I have given you the land to possess’- Numbers 33: 53. Did you get that? Take possession of that job, take possession of that land, take possession of that project, take possession of that business, whatever it is, go and possess it. Did you notice that the Lord wasn’t just telling them to ‘take possession’ which is visible power or control over something; he was telling them to ‘Settle in it’ – To put firmly into a desired position or place. Whoa! Did you hear what the Lord is telling you? Don’t just take possession, settle in it, enlarge your coast, take a firm ground, and establish yourself in that land. You know, the land wasn’t for the Israelites in the first place, it wasn’t their place of birth but the Lord gave it to them anyway.

Now listen, where you are now doesn’t have to be your place of birth, but the Lord is giving it to you, maybe you were just passing by but decided to stay, the Lord is still giving it to you. Maybe you were just an interim in that job, even though it’s a job you so much desired but fear you might not be retained, the Lord is giving it to you. Maybe you just went for a few weeks training in that place of work, the Lord is giving it to you. He has given you to settle in, go take possession, enlarge your tent, make progress, have children in that land, build a business, take possession and settle in it.

The Lord has changed your status from ‘visiting’ to ‘resident permit – unlimited leave to remain’. My oh my! I am so excited about this message and I know the Lord is speaking to someone this morning. Stop living like a stranger in that land, stop living like a visitor, live like a heir of the kingdom, Your heavenly father owns the land, ‘the earth is the Lord and the fullest thereof’ – Psalm 24:1. The Lord owns everything in it and he has chosen to give you that land, that place you are now, your home, your marriage; don’t let anyone intimidate you. Don’t let them tell you, you don’t deserve it.

I found an amazing scripture over the night, it’s in Deut 6: 10 ‘When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then you eat and are satisfied,’ Isn’t that amazing? The Lord is giving you a finished product. Houses you did not build, good things you did not provide; He is giving you a finished and great product, who are you to doubt him?

Folks, the Lord is doing wonders in our lives and does not need permission from any head of state or royals or CEO or even head of organizations before he established and blesses you. Isn’t He great? Go and occupy Folks, take possession and settle in it. Don’t think it’s too much, ‘What would people say about me, won’t they call me all sort of names, ‘gold digger’, thief or whatever’. Please, don’t limit the greatness of God in your life, when they question you about the goodness of God in your life, tell them to go ask God. He is God and answers to no man and He does what pleases him and what He has done today is that ‘He’s given you the Land, go take possession and settle in it’.

Have a fulfilled day.

© Circlesoflove 2015

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Nothing, Except a little Oil

Hello Folks,

I would like to share a short story with us; please, read carefully with me.

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead and you know he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have (of value) in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t just ask for a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each one is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and afterwards shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” The oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” 2 Kings 4:1-7.

Did you notice that when the man of God asked her what she had; she answered, ‘nothing’? You know, sometimes, we find ourselves in the same situation where we have ‘nothing’. When we are in a tight corner and need help badly and have absolutely nothing to help us out. But this woman had a little oil, something she never really thought had much value. This particular ‘thing’ she had the Lord used to bless her.

Now, this morning, I want to ask you, ‘What do you have?’ You are facing financial difficulties, what do you have? Some of us think like this woman, we have nothing except .., probably a talent you never thought could yield such benefit to you, a business idea you have ignored, a skill you thought nothing of, a degree you have abandoned, a qualification, a trade you learnt many years ago and the lists goes on and on.

Listen, God will use what you have to bless you; that same thing you have looked down on, the thing you think do not hold any significant value or can do you no good or too small to break out for you.

This woman had a little oil but the man of God told her what to do with it. What do you have? Don’t look down on that which is in your hand, work at it. For this weekend, I challenge you to go back and think deeply, what do you have? The bible says, ‘your gift will make way for you’. That which the Lord has deposited into your life will make a way for you, God will cause it to multiply beyond your own imagination, God will cause it to take you places you would never have thought of, and God will cause it to make you stand and seat with kings and princes and not before mere men. God will make you great.

Let’s do a quick calculation; zero multiply by ten is what? Alright, what about one multiply by ten is what? Now, if you have nothing and you multiply it by ten is what? What if you have just one little one and you multiply it by ten, what do you have? I’m sure you get the gist. Don’t look down at what you have; God can use it for your good. You have so much inside of you.

We have the Mighty Man in battle to bless us, we have the Author and Finisher of our faith to guide us, we have the provider, we have a God that does not need permission from anyone to bless us, we have a Redeemer that can restore us back again, we have a Provider that will provide all our needs, we have the ALL Sufficient God; we have a Healer that will heal all our diseases; we have the Commander in Chief to command all our blessings to us, we have God. What do you have?

© Circlesoflove 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From an Outcast to a Hero

 

The story of the four lepers in 2 Kings 7 is one of the extra ordinary events in the bible. God used ordinary people, out-casts; the rejected, disabled, and labelled for scorn to save the Israelites.

In those days, lepers were not allowed to stay in the city, but are banished outside the city gate and there, they would die. No one would look upon them; no one would even speak to them. During this time, there was a great famine in the land; not only that, the Arameans had camped not too far away to fight againstIsrael. There was no way the children of Israel would win the battle except the Lord gave it into their hands.

These four lepers were hungry, and thought they should probably go to their enemies and surrender. They went to the edge of the camp, and not a man was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army so they fled. ‘Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite, and the Egyptian kings to attack us! So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left their camp and ran for their lives. 

Wow! Can you imagine that? The four lepers who were considered nothing; the odds were against them. They had nothing, no title to their names and I’m guessing they had no sword or whatsoever weapon to defend themselves, but the Lord was with them. See Folks, when you are willing to do something, God will do the extra-ordinary. Where people have considered you as nobody, God will cause you to be a mighty one. As God caused their foot-steps to be that of mighty warriors, God will make your life an example of greatness, even beyond your own imagination. He will remove every label the enemy has put upon life and make His glory to show forth. Quit looking down on your life, God can use you for great exploits; He can take you to places you never thought you would get to.

He can make you pass that examination. He can make you reach that height in your career. God can do anything with your life. His power is not limited because you can’t speak well in public, remember Moses, God still used him. His power also is not limited because people or even your family has tossed you aside to look over sheep, remember David, he became the King. He will not look down on you because of where you came from or because you are an orphan, remember Esther – she became a queen in a foreign land; what about Joseph, the slave who became one of the greatest ruler, what about Daniel? And the list goes on and on. Don’t limit yourself because of what you can see around you; He is God, and He can turn the same thing that has worked against your life to begin to work in your favour. He is the God of ALLresources, and He will make available for you what you need to succeed. He is God, and he can cause even the smallest thing to be the greatest thing.

Now is not the time to hide because of the defect or weakness you think you may have, now is the time to Arise and shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Remain Blessed.

© Circlesoflove 2013

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A New Thing

 

Here is the word of God for you today. “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

The Lord is doing a new thing in your life; He’s making your path smooth, and clearing the way for you. The stone the builders rejected will become the chief corner stone. He will make a way for you and make every crooked place, straight.

I charge you therefore to stay focus on the Lord, get rooted in His Word; there, you will find answers to all those questions haunting you, you will find peace and have a great future. The Lord told Joshua, ‘Do not let the book of the Law depart out of your mouth, but mediate on it day and night, then you will have good success and your ways prosperous.’ Joshua 1:8.

For you to be a part-taker of God’s blessing this month; you have to speak His Word into your life; you have to get rooted in His word, you have to proclaim his blessing upon your household, you have to take authority. Don’t just sit around waiting for things to change, waiting for a promotion, waiting for your blessings to come. Get up, proclaim it into your life, and speak peace into your home. Command every tree the Lord has not planted to be uprooted, decree every shut door to your success to be open. The bible says, you shall decree a thing and it shall be established and light shall shine upon it. Decree the blessing of God right now!

Yes, the Lord will do a new thing in your life, but you have to be ready to receive it, you have to see it coming, you have to stand your guard to take what belongs to you. In the midst of all the confusion in this world, you will need a light on your path to see it coming. The Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Do you want to see the new thing the Lord is doing? You need the Word to shine light on your path; to see the blessing of the Lord coming to you; you need the Word to proclaim it into your life.

The word of God is powerful; the word of God is life and the word of God is living. Speak His word into your life this day, declare his promises and remind him of His words in your life. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is God’s word that goes out from His mouth: It will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn-bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.” – Isaiah 55.

The Lord is doing a new thing folks, don’t miss it! Get back to the Word, and He will reveal much greater things to you. And guess what? We are part of a winning team!

Happy New Month.

 

  © Circlesoflove 2014

 

 

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Don’t fight spiritual matters with physical means.

Good morning Folks,

Don’t fight spiritual matters with physical means.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

 

Speak into your life; destroy every yoke of the enemy in your life, rebuke every devourer, anything that has held you down for so long, command them out of your life. Speak power into your life; let every situation obey the word of God.

 

The Lord has given you power to pull down anything that is not of God, He has given you authority in the name of Jesus. Is there anything in your life that shouldn’t be there or is there something that should be there but far from your reach: your blessing, your victory, your deliverance, your peace, your prosperity? Decree that the strong eastern wing will bring back anything that the enemy may have stolen in your life, maybe due to  our own carelessness or whatever means, speak them back into your life. The Lord has given you authority to uproot every plant that He has not planted in your life.

 

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

The God of glory thunders;

The Lord is over many waters.

 

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,

Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.

 

He makes them also skip like a calf,

Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

 

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” Psalm 29

 

Happy Sunday Folks

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I Decree and I Declare

Did you know that there is power in declaration? The bible says that you shall decree a thing and it shall be established and light shall shine upon it. Job 22:28.

Why don’t we make some declaration today? Alright, let’s go!

I decree and declare:

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me in judgment shall be condemned. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

Surely they will gather, but because their gathering is not by me: whosoever shall gather against you shall fall for your sake. Isaiah 59:15

When there is a casting down, there shall be a lifting up for me. Job 22:29 Paraphrase.

There is no enchantment against me, and no divination shall stand. Numbers 23:23 Paraphrase.

For God spoke and it came to past. He commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purpose of people. But the Plans of the Lord for my life shall stand firm forever. Psalms 33: 9-11

May those who seek my life be disgrace and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery; with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. Psalm 35:4-6

They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it themselves. Psalm 57:6b

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflow. Psalm 23:5

In righteousness I shall be established; tyranny shall be far from you; I will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed me; it will not come near me. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. Isaiah 54:14-15

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear. Isaiah 58:8

Folks, the Lord will give you victory on every side; He will heal and restore you. He will give hears to your prayers and His power shall go before you. Thousands may fall by your side, ten thousands by your right hand side but it shall not come near you. Every mountain shall be brought low, and doors to great opportunity and success shall begin to open for you. Favour and mercy will seek and find you in Jesus name.

Have a great day.

© Circlesoflove 2014

 

 

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Rejected, but Rising Up

Have you been rejected, or tossed aside? You know, the very people whom you have great respect for, those you love and call ‘family’ are the VERY people who have rejected you. Maybe they are not totally out of your life, but they have rejected your abilities, your potentials, they have rejected you ever getting up or making it in life. You can’t even make comments or contributions in words in their presence; they think you add no value to them now because of your status or the amount in your bank account. You can’t speak up in family functions or even in the midst of friends. You have been scorned, rejected and disowned by the very people you love.

Psalm 118: 22 says, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone’.  Did you notice that it said, ‘the builders’? Who better should know about stones than the very builders who used it; the ones you should expect more from, the people that daily make use of these materials, the people that you live with and should know you better. The builders rejected the stone. Is it a loved one who has rejected you? Maybe due to one failure or the other; or a setback in your life or even during the struggles of life? Is it a partner who has looked down on your ability or your potentials? You will be amazed at how some couples, husband or wife has rejected the other party; they can’t seem to see anything good in them.

Is it a wife who has trampled her husband’s reputation on the ground because of his financial situation? She has looked down on him and tossed him aside because of setbacks in life. Those are like the builders. The same people who know the important of a stone in a building work; the same people who know very well the usefulness of it. Those that you value and expect their love, support and encouragement are the same who have rejected you. Is it a husband who has rejected his wife? They have looked down on their potentials and abilities in life? Because you are not like other career women or probably because you are still waiting for children of your own. You feel rejected, you feel trampled and you are discouraged. You have lost you confident and strength in the midst of all these. You have become the stone which the builders have rejected.

The builders- are those you expect much from; the people whose opinion you value and respect. The people who you love and look to them for counsel and comfort. Those are the very ones who have rejected you. Can you imagine how David felt when he was left out when Samuel sought the sons of Jesse to anoint as king? He wasn’t even considered to be present, he was left out. Do you feel like that amongst your family; your presence seems not to be relevant or appreciated? Can you also imagine how Joseph felt when he was sold out to slavery? He was rejected by the builders- the people he called family. But you know what? God remembered. God does not forsake and does not reject you. He said in Psalm 27:10, ‘Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. The Lord will never forsake or reject you; He will not toss you aside, He will not look down on you or think you are worthless.

Imagine how our Lord Jesus Christ felt when He was rejected by the people He came to save. Those that knew the prophesy, the people who have seen the miracles of God; now I’m not talking about unbelievers, I’m talking about those who profess to be called Children of God

This morning, do you feel like the stone that the builders have rejected? You feel you have no one else on your side? Maybe the stone had stayed outside too long; it’s been tossed and kicked around by everyone. You have been bruised and beaten on every side. Families and loved ones have all given up on you, asking how long? The Builders ‘your spouse, your parents, your friends, your colleagues, even your children’ have rejected you. You now feel you are not good enough.

Rejection can cause a lot of turmoil in one’s life, it can make you see things that are not even there about your life. You begin to doubt your own ability; you doubt your strength and see only the weaknesses. You begin to doubt God and his promises over your life. You doubt if you can ever become pregnant, you doubt if you can have children of your own, you doubt if you can find the right partner, you doubt if you can get that job or even promotion in the place of work. You doubt if you can pass that examination; you doubt if you can make it and reach your potentials in life.

Now don’t be discouraged. The story is not over; the stones they rejected became the chief corner stone. It became the head, the mighty, the ruler, the king, the Saviour, the prime Minister, the CEO, the president. The stone became the chief corner stone. Don’t give up on yourself, don’t believe the hateful and discouraging words they have said to you; don’t let those hurtful comments pull your down, don’t begin to live by what they have said about you. Don’t give up on yourself because your story is not finished. The stone became the Cornerstone, the stone made it, the stone became great. The stone rose up. Halleluyah.

Please, believe me this morning when I tell you God has not given up on you; God is not finished with you, God has not forgotten or rejected you. He is still working on your behalf and great wonders would be seen by all soon; the pain, the torment, the agony of rejection, but don’t let that pull you down, don’t let that discourage you; God is still in the business of making greatness out of you. Say to yourself: I am not forgotten, I am not forsaken; I am moving forward, I am going higher, I am rising up. Nothing is going to stop me. I love this slogan and have constantly spoken it into my life, ‘what God is said to do in my life, the devil can’t stop it, he can’t stand it and there is nothing he can do about it’.

Don’t let anything take your joy away; don’t let words and trials of life deprive you of your happiness. I love this song by Ron Kenoly – I still have joy. Please read the wordings, it would encourage you.

I’ve been tested
My faith has been tried
Satan has attempted to destroy my life
He’s robbed, abused, accused and stole
He’s done everything he could do
To conquer my soul

I still have joy
I still have joy
After all I’ve been through
I still have joy

Friends have left me
They’ve questioned my faith
The good I tried to do
Was thrown back in my face
The hurt and the pain brought tears to my eyes
But God has replaced a blessing
For every tear that I’ve cried

I still have joy

I still have joy
After all I’ve been through
I still have joy.

Your joy will be full in Jesus name.

I am rising up!

Have a blessed day.

– Abimbola CirclesOfLove

 

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May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.” Psalm 20

The Lord will hear and answer you this day; He will make haste to save you! He will thwart every plans and agenda of the enemy over your life. He will rise and fight your battle in Jesus name. The Lord will come to help you!

Good Morning Folks!

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Let me go

Many of us have read the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt; from where God called Moses, the burning bush, the plagues and finally, crossing the red sea.

Like the Israelites, some of us have felt this way in our own lives; we feel oppressed by some kind of situation or people that have laid a heavy yoke upon us and make it difficult to get away from. You have tried all sorts of method to get free, but still find the shackles and stagnation in your life. Maybe it’s a job you feel like a slave in, maybe it’s a situation that has tied you down or some spiritual oppression that seek to destroy every part of your life.

Now, I want to do an un-usual writing today- God would be speaking directly to some of you today as you read this. I would like to take you through some truth and revelation with this story. You have cried several times for a change; you have done all you can to get free but all to no avail. Some have done all kinds of fasting and deliverance but still, nothing seem to change. I have good news for you this morning.

This is what the Lord is saying to you today, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. Exodus 3:7.

So you think the Lord has not been listening to you, or not seen all you have been going through? You think He’s forgotten you and left you to your misery? He hasn’t folks. He not only heard your weeping, he’s also seen the misery and the pain in your heart. Now, listen to what he said. ‘….I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land. Verse 8.

Did you hear that? He’s not coming down, He’s not thinking of coming down; He has COME DOWN TO RESCUE YOU! Am I the only one excited about this verse? Trust me, as I am typing the message, I feel like screaming and shouting for joy because the Lord is already here to rescue me. Do you believe that for yourself? He’s seen all your trouble, he’s heard all your weeping and prayers, all your misery are all right there before him. He knows them all, and He has come to rescue you. If I were you, I will start singing and dancing for joy for a minute now. Halleluiah!

Look to your left and right, who’s there with you right now? I mean now that you are reading this? Alright, I am not talking about the person sitting right beside you; I’m talking about God, and He is right by your side. He has come down to save you, He’s come to deliver and take you to the land he has promised you. He has come to set you free from every bondage, oppression and domination. He has come to give you victory. The Snare has been broken folks. Common rejoice right where you are. The Lord is there with you with a victorious hand to save you.

Ok, let’s move along. When Moses asked God who he should say sent him in verse 13. God replied, ‘I am who I am’. Now, listen, the I AM WHO I AM is speaking to you today; this name expresses God’s character as the dependable and faithful God who desires the full trust of His people. Guys, you’ve got to trust God on this one. You have got to trust him to save and deliver you. Yes, this battle might have been going on for so long and you have tried all you can, but I tell you, if only you trust and believe God this time around, He’s here to set you free.

 

You feel bound; you’ve been going in circles for so long that you have even forgotten the promises of God in your life; you have learnt to endure the suffering and turmoil of the wicked one. Your life has become a shamble, and no hope of moving forward. You’ve taken all the examinations required of you but yet, no promotion in your life. You find yourself failing each time you take the courage to try again. Does this sound familiar?

 

I really want you to listen to this. I know God is talking to someone right now. He is revealing some truth to you now. He’s speaking light and freedom into your soul and he’s showing you what to do. Now, let’s continue. God later said to Moses in verse 19, ‘But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. Can you imagine the kind of situation we are dealing with here? God has come down to save them, yet, there is a king that stands tall and thinks he’s lord over them. He thinks he has got dominion and authority over them and would not let them go. Do you feel like this? Is there someone standing as a strongman saying you won’t get free from this situation, from this sickness, from this failure of life. Someone who is determined to stay on your case. They have taken it a duty upon themselves to see you don’t move forward in that stage of your life. They are ready to thwart everything you do? Whether they are physical, spiritual, in form of a sickness or finances, you know it. They are determined to work against you. But listen, God said there is a Mighty hand that will compel him. Halleluyah; are you still there?

 

This is what the Lord is saying to you now, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with a mighty act of judgement. Exodus 6:6.

 

No matter how tough your enemies think they are, the Lord is bringing you out of it, the Lord is setting you free right now. I will advise you to begin to charge up your faith right now. Remember, the word of God is active and alive. Hebrews 4:12. The same Word He spoke to the Israelites many years ago, He is saying to you right now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever more. His word that did wonders and set His children free years ago can do the same for you now. I don’t know what you are going through but I know the Lord is talking to you right now, Yes, you.

 

You need to believe His word today, you need to know that he’s setting you free; no matter how high or tall your enemies are the Lord will bring them down. The boss or colleague that has threatened or talked down at you, the one that said, you are going nowhere. The sickness that has held you down for so long, the spiritual bondage that has held you captive for so long, the Lord is setting you free now. For some of you, the Lord is giving you a brand new job, some are the highest promotion you never even thought of, some are restored health, and some are freedom from captivity. Let Me Go!

 

You need to decree and speak to that situation right now, I mean, now. Say it loud again, let me go! Whatever it is, call its name out loud. Let Me Go! Every bondage, every obstruction, every captivity, every slavery, every failure, every sickness, let me go now in Jesus name.

Now quickly, let me point your attention to something. I hope you are still there folks? I know this particular article is longer than usual, but trust me, you want to read this.

 

Alright back to our topic; Listen to what the Lord said in Exodus 3:21-22. ‘And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbour and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And you will plunder the Egyptians.

 

Can you believe that? They are not leaving empty handed. When I read this verse, at first I was like, ‘Ah, if the Lord is saving me, I would just take to my heels and run as fast as I can away from these people. But the Lord is making them leave with wealth, riches, and plunder from the Egyptians. I hope you are speaking riches into your life right now?

 

You are not just leaving there empty handed, you are leaving with valuables. The Lord himself would cause even those that want to stand against you to favour you towards your glory. In that job, you aren’t just leaving empty handed to a greater place and appointment, you are going out as a celebrant; not as a slave, you are going out with glory, you are going out with celebration, you are going out rejoicing. in that sickness, you are going out with a renewed strength. In that bondage, you are going with all your possessions, those things the enemy has taken away from you, you are getting them back. Your valuables are leaving with you, whatever represents gold and silver are leaving with you; clothing are leaving with you. You are not going out in shame; you are not going out in dishonour. Your children are leaving the land of slavery with you, your sons and daughters will be dressed in glory. Now for those who are waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb, guess what? You are going out rejoicing because the Lord has blessed your womb. Are you excited about what the Lord is saying to you? Only Our Lord can do all these, only He can give you victory.

Let me point out something quickly. I noticed something wonderful in these chapters. In Exodus 3:15. God told Moses to tell the Israelites that ‘The Lord has sent him. Then, in the following verses and chapters, I noticed God emphasising to them as ‘The Lord. It got me thinking why God was using this particular name a lot to the Israelites. He said it in verse 15, verse 18, in many others verses. Then He took me to Exodus 6:2. Please you need to bear with me and follow the verses. He said there that, ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as GOD ALMIGHTY, but by my name THE LORD. I did not make myself known to them. Then in verse 6, ‘Therefore say to the Israelites I am THE LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

 

This is where I’m going; I had to take a few minutes to ask the Lord. Why did He reveal himself to Abraham as God Almighty but to Moses and the Israelites as The Lord? There must be something God was trying to tell them. Now, this is what the Lord revealed to me. Pharaoh portrayed himself as the lord over the Israelites, yes, he was the king but his yoke and authority over them was ‘I own you. I am head over you; you are my slaves and are not going anyway. I have ownership and authority over your life. I am the lord over your life. Do you understand where I’m going? The situation you are going through seems to have placed you under; more like subjected you to pain and misery, turned themselves as lord over you, the sickness has taken authority over your body, the captivity you are in now has taken dominion over you; The strongman or the boss thinks they are lord over your life.

Now, see what God is saying to them. I AM THE LORD. I am the complete and absolute owner of that life, I have the final say. I am authority; not you. Those people belong to me, I am their master, I am their Lord, I am their leader, I am their deliverer, and I am their God. The Lord is bringing them down from their throne. He has come to take authority and ownership of your life. You need to say to them now, ‘Come down and sit in the dust, ye virgin daughters of Babylon. Sit on the ground without a throne. Isaiah 47:1.

 

He is the Lord and that situation cannot contend with Him, He has come down as the Lord to rescue you today; He has come to deliver and to save you. Do you believe that? If you do, I want you to stand up and begin to decree his promises into your life, begin to walk out in freedom, the Lord has come down to rescue you, He has come to save and loose you from the bondage of darkness. He has come to take you to the promise land with milk and honey. He has come to take over. Common speak out now. Let Me Go!

 

The Lord still has great things to reveal to you so stay tuned for the next part of this message. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this.

 

Thank you for reading and God bless.

*Bible readings were taken from NIV.

 

© Circlesoflove 2013

 

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I will rise again

The bible said in Isaiah 60, ‘Arise and shine for your light is come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you’. Today, you will arise; today, you will rise up from every shame and disappointment of life. Today, you will rise from every scorn and disgrace. Today, you will rise from every sickness or dead situation in Jesus name.

Now see, the bible didn’t just stop there; He didn’t just say arise. He said; ‘Arise and shine!’. Folks, God does a complete job; He doesn’t work half way. In the story of Lazarus; after Jesus told the dead man to come forth; he told the people there to take the dead clothing away from him. Why? Because a man who is alive can’t be walking around in dead clothing. That is not God’s will for him. After the Lord set you free, he will remove the dead clothing, He will remove the shame and stigma of the enemy away from your life.

When you are living and still have dead clothing around you, you cannot shine. Do you understand that? You cannot be living and smell of the dead; you cannot be alive and have the odour or death on you, the covering of shame all over you. Jesus knew this when he rose Lazarus from the dead; he didn’t want him just to be alive, but to shine because his light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon him. Folks, the will of God for you is to shine, not just live but walk in the blessing and goodness of the Lord. He doesn’t want you dry; He wants flesh on you, he wants tendons, skins and breathe on you.

The Lord wants to remove the representative and representation of the dead away from your life. God wants you to shine; He wants you to live in the fullness of his grace and power. He wants you to walk in his blessing. Now Folks, arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Your light is Christ; Jesus Christ has taken away the darkness all around you, He’s taken the shame and reproach away from your life, your glory has come, your breakthrough has come, your up-liftment has come in Jesus name. Praise God!

In the book of Ezekiel; God told Ezekiel to prophesy into the bones, he looked up and tensions and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. There is no need for a flesh, skin or bone without breath on them. Then, the Lord told him to prophesy to the four winds and call the breath into them and he did.

Now listen folks, you need the breath of God to make you whole; you need the power of God in your life to live in the fullness of God. When things are dry around you, when situations and businesses are dry, it becomes rough. You find yourself struggling day in day out. You work tirelessly without seeing any result. Imagine digging up a dry land; you become exhausted, frustrated, weak and out of breath.

Today, prophesy the breath of God into your life. Dry bones shall live again, you shall live again. You have struggled for so long; you have worked on that land for so long without any fruit. Today, prophesy to the four winds to bring the breath of God into your life. I read from a book recently and it says, ‘‘when you give an unfriendly reception to a visitor, he generally does not wish to stay. When you give an unfavourable reception to the enemy, he will not want to stay. But when they come and you make the place very comfortable, they will sit and dine with you.’ – Dr D. K Olukoya.

Don’t make your enemies comfortable; arise and take what belongs to you. Go back to the place of prayer and send those enemies out of your home. Make it HOT folks. Go back to that place of prayer, ‘the fervent and effective prayer of the righteous availeth much’. Don’t just stand there and expect things to get better. No, stand up and pray it out. Don’t let the problem comfortable, don’t allow the curse in your life, and don’t take things as they are; prophesy into your life.

God bless.

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It’s all lies

Today, I will like to encourage someone out there. Are you surrounded by lying tongues? Those who speak deceit against you? They throw accusations and try to bring you down with their words. Maybe it’s a co-worker, friends or even families. All they do is lie and speak words of hatred against you. Their tongues have become weapons against you and try to destroy all that you have worked for.

“Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave. Everyone lie to his neighbour; their flattering lips speak with deception. Hear this, May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips-who is our master.” Psalms 12:3.

The tongue is a very powerful weapon used by the enemy to destroy the righteous. They challenge with their words and boast of getting away with it. They speak negatively against you, destroy lives; manipulate and tear families apart with lies and deceit. Enough is enough! Many homes have been destroyed with this weapon; marriages torn apart with lies and deceit.

Are you a victim of this; suffering because of the words of the wicked? You’ve tried to plead your case but no justice has been given to you. Your bed is soaked each night with tears of sadness because of the agony in your heart.

This is what the Lord says, ‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise, says the Lord. I will protect them from those who malign them. Psalms 12:5.

The Lord will arise on your behalf and fight your battle; He will speak fire against those who oppress you with their tongues; he will make all their plans void and destroy them with their own weapons. The pit they dug for you shall be their downfall; shame and reproach shall be their portion.

Folks, the word of the Lord is powerful and strong; listen, every negative word the enemy has spoken against your life, home, marriage, family shall be broken in Jesus name. It is written that, ‘there is no enchantment against Jacob and no divination against Israel. No enchantment of the enemy will stand in your life. Those that seek to oppress you with their words and lies will be put to shame in the name of Jesus.

Remember that the Lord will arise on your behalf and fight for you. He will give you justice and honour for every shame and reproach you have suffered. He will bring fruits from any part of your life that has been labelled barren. His truth shall pierce through every lies and deceit; God’s truth shall set you free and give you victory over your enemies.

 

Have a great weekend. God bless you real good.

 

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I am not forgotten

Have you been neglected or forsaken in a place where you should feel secure and enjoy the good of the land? You have been tossed away because ‘they’ feel nothing good can come out of you? You have been cheated on something that should be rightfully yours.

The strong taking advantage of the weak. The rich taking advantage of the poor and plundering them of the little they have. They take the good of the land but leave you with crumbs and bones? Your inheritance taken away from you, leaving you with no choice but desolation? The desert is so dry; no water to quench your thirst, no food to keep body and soul together? You feel bound, enslave in a place where you should be free.

This is the word of God for you this morning. Stand on it, believe it and trust Him this morning.

Thus saith the Lord. “I will make a covenant of peace with you and rid the land of wild beast so that you may live in the desert and sleep in the forest in safety.

I will bless you and the places surrounding my Hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings.

The trees of the field and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land.

They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.

They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor the wild animals devour them.

They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid. I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of nations. Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign Lord.

You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 34:25-31.

Listen, all who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; who who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. The Lord will make rivers flow on your barren heights, and springs within the valleys. He will turn the desert into pool of water, and the parched ground into springs.

In righteousness you will be established; tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear.

You are not forgotten, the Lord is with you and His word is true and alive.

Have a glorious weekend.

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God is Able

Hello Folks,

I will like to share something that has been on my mind lately with you all. In life, we go through challenges and situations that can sometimes make us doubt the power of God. We doubt if we can ever come out of that tight situation; if we can make it to our destinations. The turmoil and trials of life can be overwhelming; your strength failing day by day, hope is blurring and faith shaking.

You know the Word, you have been to the place of prayer; your knees are hurting, eyes swollen in tears for answers. All you want is just a way out, peace in the midst of stormy seas. My dear sisters and brothers, I want to remind you that God is able. He is able to save and deliver you; he is able to rescue you from the prowling lions.

I remember a man in the bible by the name ‘Gideon’. His people were been attacked on every side by the enemies; they destroyed their crops and livestock, killed and destroy his people. Nothing seems possible; in fact, there were in great fear of their enemy, hiding in caves and mountains just to live another day.

Some of us can relate to this; the attack from the enemy is so severe that nothings seems to be working, everywhere you go, they are all around you. Maybe it’s a sickness, a stigma, an affliction, financial difficulties, something that has become a scorn on your flesh. You have become a mockery to your friends and families. Even those in the same faith are beginning to question your faith in God; they ask if truly you serve the living God?

In fact, you also ask questions like Gideon did; “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt? But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” Judges 6:13

You feel abandoned and wasted. You long to see those great wonders you’ve been told and read about; how he parted the red sea, how he made the impossible possible, how the barren became mother of many, how he blessed the house of Obededom, how he changed the name of Jabez. How about the great healings in the bible? How a man who had not walked for many years began to run around. What happened to those great wonders? Can’t we experience such again in our lives? Is God the Lord of the past, and not of present or future? Can’t we experience the great manifestation of the Holy Spirit as the disciples did many years ago?

I have come to remind you that YES WE CAN. His wonders are not limited to the past; they are also available to us now. We can be partakers of the great wonders and manifestations of his power. We can be transformed and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit like the days of old; we can be rescued and saved from the oppression of the enemy.

Like the three Hebrew thrown in blazing fire; when we are faced with such, the fire will not burn us. The waters will not overwhelm us, because our God is able. God delivered his children using a handful of soldiers lead by Gideon who was the weakest of his clan and the least in his family. Listen, God does not save by numbers, weapons or strength. He can use anybody, he can use you. He is God. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. He can change the minds of kings and president. He can break protocol for you, rules and laws to favour you.

Stop doubting and start trusting in his saving power. ‘Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.’ He will contend with those who contend with you, and will fight against them. Those who seek your life will be disgraced and put to shame.

God is on your side and He will deliver you. He is Able Folks. You will be like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. The Lord will restore your life and bring you up from the depth of the earth. He will increase your honour.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3: 20-21.

Say it with me folks, My God is Able.

Have a blessed weekend.

*Please note that the Unfailing Love Series will continue soon by God’s grace. 

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Go and take possession

Have you been waiting for a breakthrough for so long, a turn around to a situation that looks like it’s not going away? Please, hear this:

‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain, break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites…… See, I have given you this land, Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers.’. Deut 1:6-8.

It’s time to advance forward to take the land in which the Lord has given to you. What possession have you been waiting for? Is it a job, promotion, family life, or business. Are you waiting for an approval or some sort? Or is it something that was stolen away from you, and the oppressor look bigger than you? The Mighty man in battle is telling you today, that it is time to advance and take possession of what belongs to you. 


How do you take Possession of your inheritance? Do you march in like the days of old; put on armour, and go into battle? Well, we will say things are quite different now than the days of old; you don’t want to go out fighting physically with someone for a land, a job, opportunity or for your inheritance. But something still remains for sure, that the Lord has given you possession of the land. You need to go to the place of prayer to posses your possession, you need to wear your breastplate, your helmet, take up your sword and go to the spirit realm and fight for your inheritance. You need to confess your inheritance and believe it. 

This is what the Lord said; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full Armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil. Eph 6. 

Now see folks, when you get ready to fight for your possession, the opposition wouldn’t stay idle, they would not just stand there and watch you take it. They will also prepare for battle, take every precaution so you don’t near their camp. They will have traps, distractions, arrows, every way to hinder you from entering into their camp, and guess what, they don’t play fair!

I learnt something in church some few weeks ago, and would be sharing on this topic. ‘Some of us may be thinking; why do I need to go fight? I am comfortable here and don’t need to start a war with my enemy. We understand each other; they don’t fight me, and I don’t fight them. Everything is fine just as they are. No need for unnecessary battles of any sort’.

Because you see things are fine physically doesn’t mean all is well. The enemy lure us in the delusion that all is well, with a sense of security. You have a little or some amount of what you need; you say to yourself, ‘I can manage well with this’. You think because you have a percentage of what you need, and do not need the rest of what belongs to you. You are afraid if you desire or step out of your zone, you might be called a glutton. Now listen, our God is a BIG GOD, and he has given you BIG THINGS as an inheritance. Your possession is your possession, your inheritance is your inheritance, so if the Lord has given it to you, it is yours. His mercy made it possible. Jesus died on the cross to give you freedom.

You need to know your God, and that he loves you so much. He loves to give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 103 says, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’.

The Lord doesn’t want you to fail, or sick in your body. So wholeness is your portion, freedom from sickness and diseases is your portion. He crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He forgives ALL your sins, not half of them or the little ones. He wants to satisfy your mouth with good things. Who says you can desire good things?

So, are you ready to take what belongs to you? Let’s go back to the Armour of God. This is what the soldier wear to battle. It helps to protect them. We as Christian also need to put on the whole armour of God.

First is the Belt of Truth: we need to show our preparedness by being truthful. As Christian, we have to live a life of integrity around our waist. Back then, the belt holds a soldier armour in place. So also, in our lives, we need the belt of truth to hold the loose part of our lives in a place, those things that will hinder us from fighting effectively, we need to bind together with the belt of truth. The sins that hinder you from doing the will of God, get rid of them.  Romans 12:1.

Next is the Breastplate of Righteousness: this protect the vital organ of the chest – the heart. Our spiritual breastplate is righteousness. Living a holy life before God. Our righteousness is not from the law, but through faith in Christ.

The Footwear: having the right footwear is important in a battle. A solider will have to walk several miles and days, even weeks during a battle, also in tough weather conditions, so having the right footwear is essential in a battle. Your footwear has to be durable and firm fitting for battle, so you don’t fall or trip. So what is this footwear? It is the Gospel of peace. Your feet firmly on the gospel of peace. Imagine wearing a footwear with holes or very light sole or even too small for your feet; what happens if you walk on rocks, or stones or even glass? I’m sure you know; so therefore, wear durable footwear in battles. There will be rocks in form of disagreement or insults. Remember Jesus was insulted many times but he maintained his peace. People will scorn and abuse you, they will do things against you, but you have to stand firm on the gospel of peace. That doesn’t make you a fool, it makes you wise.

Shield of Faith: This protects against the flaming arrows of the enemy. Arrows like temptation, diseases; knowing that in the name of Jesus, we have overcome. You have faith in the Lord against anything that is thrown at us. We choose to believe that God’s way is better and He will deliver us. Faith is trusting in God. So for the job, you are waiting for, or family life, or promotion, or that project or even to have children of your own, you need to trust and believe God. So, when the enemy throws arrows of doubt or failed examinations, you still believe the word of God in your life. Even, when the physical tests say negative, you still believe the word of God, that is faith. When the doctors say they’ve done everything and no way out, you believe the word of God.

Helmet of Salvation: This protects the head, back of the head, the skull and vital part of the brain. As Christian, we need the helmet of salvation against the lies of the enemy. We have hope of salvation. You have to be born-again. This has become a term used lightly and people don’t think much of it these days. Jesus died for our sins, he came to save us from going to hell. Confess your sins to him, accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, and believe in Him.

Sword of the Spirit: The sword is a weapon – Word of God. It is a defensive and offensive weapon we use in the battle. Now, what makes it effective? We need to train ourselves in the use of the sword; train and study the word of God. Holding a sword without knowing how to use it will have no value to you, and will not help you in a battle, so also, having a bible in your house and not knowing the power of the word will hold no value to you. In the book of Joshua 1:8, it says, Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

The word of God will protect you against the arrows of the enemy, it is a weapon, and it will give you success. So when the enemy throws disappointment at you, you use the word of God that says, ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9. When you are faced with fear, you know his words that say, ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10. How about barrenness: Exo 23:26, There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. Also, his word that says, ‘No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper..

Prayer: this is very important. A solider communicate with his head of army or foreman, so also as Christian, we need to daily communicate with our God. He will guide and instruct us in the way to go. Again, I say, the enemy doesn’t fight fair; he will not wait his turn or give you an easy way out. So, don’t leave your armour at home or in your wardrobe. To take your possession, put on the whole armour of God.

Remain blessed.

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© Circlesoflove 2014

 

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Breaking free

Are you trying to break free from the shackles; from that sickness, from the chain that has held you bound for so long? You are trying every means to break free and the enemy knows this; they can see all your works and I tell you, they are terrified. The last time, we studied the story of the Israelite leaving Egypt. Please check out the let me go article for that. We learnt that the Lord came down to rescue and deliver His people with his mighty hands. I trust that the Lord has been doing wonders in your life, and you have been fervently praying for your deliverance.

The enemies are scared that you are getting out, and guess what, they are relentless. They won’t just sit there and let you go; they would want to fight you back, and don’t be surprise if they do. The sickness you are praying so hard for healing become worsen; don’t let that terrify you; don’t let it tell you the Lord isn’t hearing your prayer. ‘Can’t you see the doctor’s report, it’s gotten worse, there’s no way out!’ Don’t let such report discourage you; don’t give up on your prayers for freedom. I tell you, the Lord is working wonders in your life.

What about the oppression or captivity you are trying to break free from, and you realized that the more pray, the more the oppression seem to hold you bound? I tell you, the kingdom of darkness is terrified, they know you are breaking free, so they are trying all means; they are putting all their forces/resources together to attack you.

You have been praying to have your own baby, You have waited faithfully, patiently on the Lord to hear your prayers. That is when bad reports has been issued to you. The doctors are now telling you to give up; your families and friends have given up on you. Maybe, even your husband has said there isn’t hope for you. I tell you, that there is hope for a tree, even if it has been cut down, it will sprout again, and grow new branches. Job14:7. I tell you, there is hope for you. The Lord is not baffled by the worse situation, or BIG medical names given to your condition.

The enemy know you are about to break free from that situation, he knows his time is up.
Now I ask you, are you going to be discouraged? Will you let them hold you back? This is the time to put more fire into your prayer, don’t relax after a day’s prayer.

See what they are saying, ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2. Imagine? Pharaoh had laid a heavy yoke on the Israelite for so long that he assumed himself as lord over them, having ownership of their lives. Does this sound familiar? A situation has been going on for so long that it has become the master over you, ruling your life in whatever ways its desires.

The enemy doesn’t want you free, they don’t want you promoted, they don’t want you achieving the purpose of God in your life; they don’t want your children to succeed, they don’t want your business to prosper, they don’t want your marriage at peace. Just as Pharaoh asked why he should obey the Lord that he doesn’t know, the Lord that has instructed him to let the Israelite go; the enemy would also ask you the same question when you tell them to let you go. They want to know what authority or what power you have to address them. Are you ready to give them answers? Are you ready to tell them who the Lord is, the One who has come to set you free, the Great Deliverer, the Saviour, the Mighty Man in battle; He is Jesus and the bible says, ‘God highly exalted Him, and gave Him a name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow.’ Philippians 2:9.

Don’t let the enemy intimidate you; the Lord has come to set you free. I don’t know how tall or high the mountain or problem is; who says it’s impossible for God to do? ‘I am the God of all mankind, is there anything too difficult for me?’ Jeremiah 32:27. Nothing is impossible for God folks; no matter what you are going through right now, God’s power is not limited by the size of your situation. He can do ALL Things!

Now see what the enemy did to the Children of God in the book of Exodus. ‘The king said to Moses, why are you taking the people away from their labour?‘ Exodus 5:4. Do you know that the enemy wants to keep you bound; are you going to let him?

The same day, Pharaoh ordered the slave driver to withdraw straw for making bricks from the Israelites. He ordered them to go about and look for their own straw and still wanted them to produce the same amount of work they did when he provided them with straw. Can you see what he’s doing to them? He’s making life so difficult for them. He wanted them to work as hard as they used to without proper resources and materials. Some of us can relate to this, maybe in a place of work where you are trying to break free and the oppressor decided to make life more miserable for you; giving you twice as many job and still expect you to finish in time. Maybe it’s the strongman in your life, making every turn more difficult, making your health fail despite all you are doing.

Now, see what the Israelite did and I want us to take note of this in our lives. After they realized what Pharaoh did and the severe punishment they received when they couldn’t meet up to the demands. Then, they went to Pharaoh and said, ‘Why have you treated your servant this way? Your servants are given no straw, yet we are ask, Make bricks! You servants are being beaten, but the faults are with your own people.’

My friends, don’t gamble with the enemy, don’t beg, don’t negotiate, and don’t request sympathy from them. They are the enemy! Instead, when you see they are making life more difficult for you, go back to the things you were doing that made them behave in such manner, go back to prayer. Intensify the fire, send angels on assignment, and increase the prayers. Don’t stop. They are being threatened, that’s why they are making life more difficult. Do you get it? I don’t know what you are struggling with, but the Lord wants to deliver you, he wants to save you from that strongman, from the stubborn and obstinate situation. Stay strong, stay focus and don’t give up the fight; the Lord will give your victory. Many have given up on the way to their breakthrough, they allowed discouragement, distraction, doubt, fear and even sin to keep them away from their breakthrough. Don’t make such mistake again.

Pharaoh answered them back, he told them the reason he had treated them that way. ‘After all you said you want out, you are lazy, and that’s why you are thinking of freedom.’ Then the Israelite went out of his presence and met with Moses, listen to what they said, ‘May the Lord look upon you, and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.’ Exodus 5:21. Moses was the man the Lord was using to deliver them; he was the one who went again Pharaoh.

I was sad when I read this verse, but the truth is that, we sometime behave in this manner. We have lived so long in the situation and so we adapt. We learn to managed, to endure, to survive and are afraid of breaking out, we are afraid for a change, to move out; to take that step, that decision, we are afraid of that new opportunity, that place of change. We turn our backs on the very person that wants to help us – God that wants to set us free. We ask him why he has allowed that boss treat us in such manner, why he allowed that situation worsen when you were just managing and surviving in it. Why he just couldn’t let you endure in your suffering.

After all ‘the devil you know is better than the angel you do not know.’ I honestly don’t know where people got that slogan from. Listen, when God wants to set you free, the Angels are on your side! The demons are evil. Don’t you get it? The enemy is not on your side; they want to keep you IN bondage; make you slave away in pain and sorrow. How then can they be better than the angels you do not know?I suggest you start getting to know them. Why then don’t you want to break free? I tell you folks, some of you are going to make a new decision today; you are going to take that step you have been scared of all these years, you are going to that new place and I tell you, the Lord is on your side! Stop eating crumbs from the enemy, the Lord wants to set a table before you, a feast before you. The Lord wants to take you to greater and higher places, don’t you want that?

The Lord will fight for you folks; He will remember His covenant in your life. He will bring you out from under the yoke of oppression, with his mighty hands. You have got to pray folks; the enemy is not relenting, they are not taking a break, no coffee or lunch break for them. They are seriously on your case, especially when they see that you have a desire to be free and you are on your way there. Get up, arise! Put on the whole armour of the Lord. -  Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Enough of weeping and crying to the enemy to release you; cry out to God instead.   Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The enemy is real and do not want your happiness. They are spiritual forces, the oppression, captivity, struggle, poverty and stagnancy. Stop blaming the economy situation and see things the way they are. Stop giving excuses for the things you are going through. ‘They are not coincidence’. They are attacks from hell; they are arrows the enemy is throwing at you.

How much longer do you want to live in ignorance? You have been struggling with the same problem for so long and you are blaming the government, you have been struggling in that sickness for as long as you can remember and you are blaming the doctors when you have the greatest physician you can run to. You are blaming circumstances for that poverty, when you should arise and destroy every devourer in your life. There is a particular stigma in your family but you refused to see it as an attack from the enemy. ‘Father suffered with the same condition, son carried it, grandson is suffering from it’ and you are still blaming some kind of scientific explanation?

Please Folks, don’t let the enemy take you over; he will creep in and blind your eyes from seeing the truth until he destroys you from the face of the earth. Do you want to live the rest of your life in that problem? ‘Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’ Ephesians 6:10-18.

I’m rounding up now so you can have time to pray. Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to break free? Let quickly get back to our passage. The day before the children of Israel would leave Egypt. The Lord instructed them, ‘This is how you are to eat it, with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.’ Exodus 12:11. What was the Lord trying to tell them? This is not the time to slow down, get ready to pass over, get ready to move out. You should be ready, your sandals on your feet, and you are dressed to go out.

Are you ready to get out? Are you ready to pass over? Are you ready to get out of captivity? Don’t get comfortable in that situation, be eager to get out, make haste to get out, get ready. You have to be ready to get up from the sick bed, from that situation that has tied you down for so long. The Lord is setting you free, rise up, get set, GO! I am praying that the Holy Spirit will ignite a holy anger within you so you can pray your way out. I pray that God’s power will pour out upon your life and give you strength to break free. Prayer is the key folks. You have got to pray your way through.

Now, we all know that the Lord brought ten plagues on the Egyptians; Pharaoh was still hardened in his heart and wouldn’t let them go even after several plagues. Now, there was even a time he said, ‘Alright, you can all go but only your men, leave the women and the children behind’. Folks, don’t listen to conditions from the enemy, don’t even negotiate with him.

If you are leaving, get ready to leave with everything you have; your whole restoration of health, not half; your family, your whole possession, your glory and blessing in all aspect of your life In fact, there was another time he said, ‘Alright, you can leave but leave all your herds.’ You know that was when the Lord destroyed all their animals but made distinction from the animals of the Israelite. Not one of them was destroy, but the whole of Egyptians were destroyed. I guess Pharaoh must have thought, ‘If you have to leave, at least, leave us with food, animal so we can live’. Again people, don’t pity the enemy, if you are leaving, leave with everything. Don’t negotiate, don’t leave anything behind.

Now to my conclusion, after the ninth plaque, Pharaoh still refused to let them go. Then God spoke to Moses in Chapter 11:1 ‘Now the Lord said to Moses, I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that he will let you go…” Do you know what that plague was? It was the death of all Egyptians first borns, including Pharaohs. Listen, the Lord will bring one more plague/destruction upon your enemy, the kind that their heart will be shattered, and the kind of plague that will destroy them totally. ‘Just one more plague on my enemy, Oh Lord’. I hope you are praying now, one more plague that they won’t be able to recover from it, one more plague into the camp of my enemies; those that seek to destroy my life, one more plague upon them in Jesus name!

Folks, the Lord want to set you free, He is taking you out, you are going forward, and to the place the Lord has prepared for you. Please speak the word of God into your life, don’t get comfortable in that distress and trouble in your life; God wants to set you free, are you ready?

And this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25

God bless you for reading.

© Circlesoflove 2013

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Because He Said So!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have toiled all day, or even months or years; in fact, you have worked hard for a very long time but nothing seems to have yielded from it?

You have studied hard for a particular examination, worked on a project or even started a business, but still have not seen any profitable result in it.

Does this sound familiar?

Let me quickly show you something I read from the bible. First, you have to know that every scripture in the bible is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16.

The Word of God is still powerful and effective to us in this age as it was many years ago.

Now, back to our text. One day, Jesus was speaking to some people, and then when he had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless because You said so, I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. Luke 5: 4-7.

The same words Jesus spoke to Simon many years ago is the same words He is speaking to someone right now. Have you given up on that dream, on that project, on your life? You have worked and toiled hard in life but now have given up. He is asking you to launch out into the deep. Launch into the economy, Launch out into the industry, launch out into the profession.

Is it the marriage you have given up on or the child that has proven difficult? Have you been waiting on the Lord for a life partner or is it even a child of your own? You have tried everything you know all night and caught nothing. Jesus is asking you specifically to launch out into the deep.

Now listen, did you notice he said into the deep? Not the surface or just a little in the deep. You are launching this time around to get something out of it. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t go for the river bank, go straight into the deep; the same place where the mighty and great people are, the same place where high class and extra ordinary greatness lies. That is the deep!

Did you hear Simon says, although we have toiled day and night and caught nothing, but because you said so, I will let down the nets? Now, that is what someone should be saying today. Because God said so. Because the Almighty said so; because the Creator of Heaven and Earth said so; because the Mighty Man in battle said so. Because the Great Healer said so; because the God who cannot be limited by any standard or organization said so. Because the Commander of Chief said so. Because God said so. Because the God who cannot be limited by any laws of gravity or science, or even laws of men said so. Because God said so!

When the Lord says so, it doesn’t matter how long you have toiled or worked hard in life without any result, it doesn’t matter how long you have waited to have a child or even how far you’ve gone in age. It doesn’t matter if you are in your mid-thirties and still waiting for a single man to come your way; it doesn’t matter what you current situation is, it doesn’t matter what your bank account says. It does not matter what you think. Did you get that? It does not matter what you think; what matters is what God says.

Launch out Folks. Launch out your nets; spread them out, stand up and go forth. You see, there is someone who has been rejected in a particular place of job; it’s time to get back there, why? Because God said so. Is there anyone whose application has been refused or rejected; listen whatever you have applied for; God said launch out again – re-apply; Because He said so.

Now see what happens to people when they obey God; when they believe and listen to the Author of Life. Verse 6, When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boats to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When the Lord blesses you, it will overflow. Our God is not just a little blessing; When He does His own thing; He makes it grand. It brings celebration out of it. The kind of blessing the Lord wants to give to you would not just be enough for you or your immediate family, NO. It will go a long way to generations to come. Do you want that kind of blessing? A kind where you will lend to nations, where you will give out to people without hesitation.

This is the Lord message to you today; to be a part-taker of this blessing, you will need to obey Him. Launch out into the deep, BECAUSE GOD SAID SO.

 

God bless.

 

Abimbola CirclesOfLove.

 

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Restoration

Have you been bitter; so many trouble on every side? You have prayed and done all you can do just for a change, but nothing seem to show up? Days when your heart tightened in dismay at the thought of the things around you? You have so many questions as to why things are happening this way; you’ve questioned your faith and searched yourself for answers. You have often felt that God has forgotten you; maybe He isn’t interested in your life any longer. You don’t understand why your prayer hasn’t been answered.

You have searched high and low for a change in your life, maybe a job opportunity; you have the relevant qualification and even experience but nothing is coming forth. Interview after interviews, but still, nothing fruitful has come out of it. Is it a child of your own? You have waited so long to be a mother or a father; tears have gone up in prayers but still nothing.

Hear what the Lord is saying concerning you this morning. Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again. Psalm 71:20-21

God will restore your life; He will bring you out of every trouble and storms of life. Your bitterness will turn into joy, troubles will receive peace. God will bring you up from every depth, every trial, every difficult situation, every stormy sea. He will increase your honour and make you great.

There was a time I felt so sad; I had so many questions that needed answers. I needed a word from the Lord; you know when you are faced with things, where you just want to know the Lord is still here with you. This is what he said to me and a word for you today.

The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. Isaiah 41:17.

Do you feel this way? You are in need of something; you are searching for water (healing, restoration, financial breakthrough, job, fruit of the womb etc). You are exhausted on every side, your strength is failing, and your tongue is dry and dehydrated; you are gasping, and panting for air. Now listen to what the Lord said.

But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God if Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valley. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.

Did you get that? This verse opened up something new in me. The Lord said He will cause river flow in barren lands. Note that he did not say he will take you to a land flowing with rivers, but in that same barren land, He will make river flow in it. Now see Folks, that same place where you are, the place where its been called barren, the place where people have scorned you, and said nothing good can come out it. They have called you several names, said hurtful and damning words at you because of your situation. You have been looked down upon and tossed aside.

I have great news for you. The lord is bringing flowing rivers to you. That same place where you have been disgraced, you will be celebrated. The place where you have been looked down on, you will be exalted. I hear the sound of flowing waters folks. In your life, in your marriage, in your business, in your family, I hear the sound of rushing waters into the dry land. Do you believe this? Are you ready for the explosion of God’s goodness and blessing in your life? I am.

You have been called barren; desolate and unfruitful? I hear the sound of children playing in your garden; the sound of treasures sitting around your table. I hear the sound of your own children calling you ‘mother, father’. Listen carefully folks, the Lord has not forgotten you, you are not forsaken and you have not be rejected. He will make you fruitful. He said he will put in the desert cedar, myrtle and olive. He is making you great; right where you are, he is bringing promotion and wealth to you. He is bringing pines in the wasteland.

In every flowing river, there is always a source. Your source is the Lord; it is the Lord who is bringing a change in your life, it is the Lord causing rivers of flowing water into your life and let me tell you something. With the force of the water flowing into your life, it will destroy every barrier, every obstacle, and every stumbling block the enemy has placed in your life. It will wash away every stigma, every mark of disadvantage and failure away from you. You know the ‘BUT’ that has been placed in your life; so many negative words has been spoken, the curses, the failures and walls as barrier in your life. Our God is greater than any obstacle; He is greater than any diagnosis and report of men. He is the Almighty and nothing can stop his flow in your life. He does not need to gather head of states or the CEO or even your family together in a meeting before he can bless you. He needs no permission from any one and no one can stop his flow in your life.

You need to arise and start praising the Lord; I believe in His word; they never fail and in your life, his word will not fail. It will accomplish the purpose in which he sent it. His word will be fruitful in your life.

The Lord has done this so that people may see and know, they will consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Are you ready?

In whatever you are going through this day, hold fast on His word, believe in it and you will not be ashamed. Remember again his word, Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.“ Psalm 71:20-21

Have a blessed weekend and rejoice in his word to you today. God bless you.

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Re-write your destiny

A certain woman has been crying to the Lord for breakthrough in her life for so many years. She’d prayed, fasted and did every spiritual welfare to break free from the curses and powers working against her life. Finally, the oppressor died and was gone forever. She celebrated her freedom and the victory the Lord gave to her. I mean, you can imagine how such woman would feel? Being oppressed for so long, held bound in prison by rulers of darkness; curses working against her life, but finally, she was free.

However, a few weeks later, this certain woman realised that even after the death of this oppressor, things didn’t get better. She was still in delay of major breakthrough in her life; she was still in the same situation she was when the oppressor was alive. She began to doubt probably, the oppressor wasn’t the only one, maybe there were others working against her life. The major stumble block in her life was gone, but things were not better.

I am going somewhere with this folks. We do know that there are spiritual forces and even physical forces that want to hold us back in life or even destroy us. Spiritual forces can be generational curses, powers and rulers of darkness plotting against one’s life. Also, there are physical forces; it may be in form of someone in your life, holding you back. A wicked person in your place of work that wants to bring you down at all cost or stop you from moving forward.

This was so for Mordecai in the book of Esther; we are familiar with the story of Haman who wanted to destroy the Jews especially Mordecai. He built an hallow which eventually through prayers and boldness of queen Esther, Haman was hung on the same hallow and died. There was a great celebration on that day in the whole providence. The people were happy because their oppressor was dead and long gone. However, something happened.

Yes Haman was destroyed; in fact, his estate was given over to Mordecai, but that wasn’t the end of it. Remember, there was a decree that had been made that on the 13th day of the twelve month; all the Jews would be killed. The fact that Haman was dead didn’t change that. The fact that the man who made the decree, the initiator; the one who instigated the whole plot was dead did not void the decree.

Have you noticed that even after the enemy has been destroyed, the situation still looks the same; circumstances have not changed for the better for you? You know why, because even after they are gone, what about the plans, the documents, the agendas, the decree they had made which is still speaking even in their absent?

Let me quickly show you something and I ask your patience. In Esther 8:3 Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews.’ This was after the death of Haman, but the decree he had made was still in place. Now listen, even after your oppressor is long gone, you have to stand and speak against their words and decrees over your life. Haman had made a decree, written and signed with the King’s signature; such laws or document is always valid, even when the initiators has been killed. The effect of such laws is very difficult to change. These can be in forms of words spoken against your life, agendas of the enemy, laws that has been passed against you, documents, decrees. You get the point?

You see, the King’s decree has so much authority that nothing could change it. It has been issued as law, and must be carried out irrespective of the death of Haman. The King couldn’t just overrule this law; certain procedure has to be carried out. Now hear what the King said to Esther in verse 8 ‘now write another decree in the king’s name on behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring – for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked’.

Did you get that? The first decree had been made, but to void that, the king asked her to write another decree to overrule the first one. Now listen, the oppressor is dead but there are some documents and decree they had made before death took them away. Don’t just assume it is over because of their death, you have to override every decree the enemy has made concerning your life. Write another decree, speak into your life, and revoke every written or spoken words of the enemy in your life; every curse, every enchantment, every incantation they have made over your life. Write it down if you have to, speak it, proclaim it, make is law in the presence of God.

Revoke it, speak against it, and rewrite it. Do you understand what I’m saying? Again, the fact that the enemy is death is just half of it, the decree they made before that has to be revoked. Stop assuming, don’t take thing lightly and expect thing to turn around, you have to do something; you have to go back to God to rewrite your life, to thwart every plans and agenda of the enemy. The king told her to write what seems best to her. Now I ask you, what seems best to you in your life? What changes do you desire, what do you want, what kind of blessing or breakthrough do you desire?

Some of you are wondering why things have not changed even after you know and it is visible that the enemy/oppressor is dead. Now, you are beginning to wonder if he was really the enemy who has been behind all that had happened to you since you see no changes in your life. You have to stand up and break every decree that has been spoken against your life, every word of the enemy that is still working against you.

And you know what? The king mentioned to Esther that she should sign with the king’s name and his ring which no one can revoke; but you know what, we have a name that is above every other name. The name of Jesus and at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee will bow. You have a higher power on your side to thwart the plans of the enemy. The bible says, ‘You shall decree a thing, and it shall be established and light shall shine upon it.’ Job22:28. What are you still waiting for? I seriously expect you to start making some declarations into your life right now; start speaking positively into your life, begin to break and destroy every yoke, every decree that has been made into your life, either the oppressor is dead or alive; the name of Jesus will still destroy and break every decree they have made.

God bless you.

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